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#2045867 - 03/10/13 10:55 AM damper pedal 1899 Schiedmayer
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Is there any reason why just a slight touch of the damper pedal of my recent acquisition would undamp only the upper octaves? This seems the opposite of half-pedaling - is this just a lack of adjustment or a feature? Thanks wise ones.

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#2045880 - 03/10/13 11:25 AM Re: damper pedal 1899 Schiedmayer [Re: chopin_r_us]
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The L shaped damper rod hangers have been bent over years of service. Or the rod is bent itself.

If the damper rod is a two piece variety the strip of buckskin separating the two pieces may have fallen away.

Action removal and repair.
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#2045883 - 03/10/13 11:33 AM Re: damper pedal 1899 Schiedmayer [Re: chopin_r_us]
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Thanks, just wondering. I've got the tuner in at the end of the month.

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#2045900 - 03/10/13 11:58 AM Re: damper pedal 1899 Schiedmayer [Re: chopin_r_us]
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Originally Posted By: chopin_r_us
Thanks, just wondering. I've got the tuner in at the end of the month.


Make sure you tell the tech about this so time can be allotted for repair. About 30 minutes for that one, if the assessment here is correct.

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#2045918 - 03/10/13 12:35 PM Re: damper pedal 1899 Schiedmayer [Re: chopin_r_us]
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It can also be a feature, while some techs like to simulate a "tonal pedal" by allowing the bass dampers to rise first, othere believe it is more useful to the pianist if the treble can be enlighted with the pedal while the basses stay clean.

Just a choice, I prefer the second one, if you dont find it useful then it is not .

It happens also that due to the damper felt wear, the basses raise sooner (or the opposite, or the damper rod have bend (but it may be rare, and mostly if the axis have took too much play)

Reglating the damper rise at large is way less than one hour, but taking out the rod, changing the cloth in the axis, cleaning and lubing the rod and the cloth and mounting back everything is way more , lets say 1:30.
At last we dont need to regulate also the individual raise of the dampers at the same time , on most verticals (as there is an individual regulating screw for the pedal lift)

dampers placement can be corrected, , sometime, due to wear of felt, loss of pressure may happen at one end of the head, it can cause improper daming in basses mostly on tall verticals.



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