Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
87 registered (AndrewJCW, Andrei Kuznetsov, 36251, ando, Alexander Borro, 27 invisible), 1189 Guests and 14 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1514783 - 09/14/10 08:27 AM New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal
Alreadyinuse Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/03/10
Posts: 31
Loc: Montreal
Our new Kawai K-15 arrived. We are delighted with it. We spent the whole evening on it.

The only thing right now is that I was practicing after my daughter went to bed and discovered the practice pedal only mutes the bottom two thirds of the keys; the top third plays at full volume. This makes for a pretty big shock when you're in the middle of a piece that goes into that upper register. Is that normal? Since the piano is still new can I ask to have it "fixed" or am I just supposed to play softly on those keys?

(ad 800) Ritmuller
Ritmuller Presents
#1514790 - 09/14/10 08:45 AM Re: New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal [Re: Alreadyinuse]
Konzert Patrick Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 791
Loc: The Netherlands
This is probably because of transport and easy to fix, call your dealer so they are aware of the problem and when you get your service tuning it can be fixed!

Enjoy your new piano, the practice pedal should not be used to much anyway, it is not a good way to practice, it is very muffled and your daughter won't be able to learn how to create dynamics.....
Schimmel Konzert 189 Tradition

#1514798 - 09/14/10 09:02 AM Re: New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal [Re: Alreadyinuse]
Plowboy Offline

2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2624
Loc: SoCal
Hi Alreadyinuse, and congratulations. That K-15 will make for a good starter piano. For the price, it's particularly good. I play one at lessons from time to time and find it to be very nice.

And what Patrick said, call the dealer. Have you looked inside to see what happens when you depress the practice pedal?

Edited by Gary Schenk (09/14/10 09:02 AM)

#1514800 - 09/14/10 09:04 AM Re: New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal [Re: Alreadyinuse]
Steve Cohen Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 10680
Loc: Maryland/DC/No. VA
If you have even a little mechanical experience you can adjust it yourself.

Carefully (so you don't scratch it), remove the knee panel by pressing up on it retaining clip just under the keyboard. You will see the linkage to the middle pedal. There is a turnbuckle there. Simly give it a turn ot two until the piano mutes all notes with the pedal down and locked.

Carefully, replace the knee panel. The whole process takes less than 3 minutes.
Piano Industry Consultant- http://www.linkedin.com/pub/steve-cohen/6/b92/b80

Consultant & Contributing Editor - Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer

Jasons Music
Maryland/DC/No. VA
Since 1937.

My postings, unless stated otherwise, are my personal opinions, not those of my clients.

(ad) Hailun Piano
Hailun Pianos
#1514807 - 09/14/10 09:20 AM Re: New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal [Re: Alreadyinuse]
ChrisVenables Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/03/09
Posts: 771
Loc: Hampshire, England
Steve's almost certainly right, but before adjusting from down below, open the top lid to verify that the felt on the rail in the treble section is not caught on the treble tuning pins or pressure bar, or that the treble end pin on the rail has not become dislodged.

If the rail is correctly in place and the felt is not snagged anywhere, then proceed with Steve's plan.
Tech. & Partner: Venables Pianos
Yamaha Piano UK main dealer and Grand Piano Centre
Stocking new Yamaha, Petrof and Venables & Son

#1514914 - 09/14/10 12:57 PM Re: New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal [Re: Alreadyinuse]
MrHazelton Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/24/09
Posts: 243
Loc: CT
I was under the impression that all practice petals are set up this way for some reason. My current and my former piano were both like this. If you look inside, you may see the felt that drops between the hammers and the strings doesn't span the entire width of the piano. Perhaps I'm wrong. I'm not at home right now to look in my piano and make sure.

#1515228 - 09/14/10 07:13 PM Re: New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal [Re: Alreadyinuse]
Alreadyinuse Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/03/10
Posts: 31
Loc: Montreal
My goodness that was simple!! Thank you all so much! For some reason I thought the whole thing would be too complex to understand so I hadn't even looked inside! (This despite the fact that I routinely replace hardware inside desktops and would never call a plumber to fix a toilet.) The felt had indeed caught on the tuning pins and it was a half-second fix. Now that I see that at least that part was straightforward, I think I'll look in next time something comes up!

Gary, I know it's a starter piano but for us the starter was an inherited electric church organ, so we are now actually in the middle :-) When we were shopping, we had thought that since the space was so tight in the dining room this would be as big as we could go. Now that it's in we can see that we could actually have gone bigger and better (although not more expensive). Maybe, if my daughter sticks with it, we will.

#1516012 - 09/15/10 06:00 PM Re: New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal [Re: Alreadyinuse]
MrHazelton Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/24/09
Posts: 243
Loc: CT
Well, in that case, I stand corrected.


Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World, Rickster 
Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to all our members and guests from the U.S.!
(ad) Yamaha CP4 or CP40 Free Bag
Buy a CP4 or CP40 Get a Free Bag
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ads) PD - WNG - MH
Wessell Nickel & Gross
Ad (the Piano Store)
the Piano Store - Restored Steinway Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Happy Belated Birthday Orange Soda King!
by pianoloverus
11/26/15 04:13 PM
Special Thanks on this day to all the techs on PW
by chasingrainbows
11/26/15 04:05 PM
Disney Piano Songs
by Marie101
11/26/15 03:50 PM
Isolating notes for acapella singer
by Dru Morgan
11/26/15 03:44 PM
Happy Birthday Frank.
by Steve Cohen
11/26/15 01:37 PM
What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
Forum Stats
81,560 Registered Members
44 Forums
168,586 Topics
2,469,928 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission