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#1514783 - 09/14/10 08:27 AM New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal
Alreadyinuse Offline
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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?

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#1514790 - 09/14/10 08:45 AM Re: New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal [Re: Alreadyinuse]
Konzert Patrick Offline
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Registered: 07/09/08
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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.....
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#1514798 - 09/14/10 09:02 AM Re: New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal [Re: Alreadyinuse]
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Registered: 06/26/08
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Loc: Huntington Beach, CA
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)
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#1514800 - 09/14/10 09:04 AM Re: New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal [Re: Alreadyinuse]
Steve Cohen Offline
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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.
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#1514807 - 09/14/10 09:20 AM Re: New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal [Re: Alreadyinuse]
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Registered: 03/03/09
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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.
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#1514914 - 09/14/10 12:57 PM Re: New piano arrived :-) Question re practice pedal [Re: Alreadyinuse]
MrHazelton Offline
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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
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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
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Registered: 08/24/09
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Well, in that case, I stand corrected.


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