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#2138139 - 08/24/13 08:16 AM Looking for some action, big boy?
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When regulated to manufacturer's specs, which grand piano action has the lowest downweight?

Which one has the highest?
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#2138146 - 08/24/13 08:33 AM Re: Looking for some action, big boy? [Re: Jolly]
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Isn't this a question to be posted in the Tuner/Tech forum?
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#2138175 - 08/24/13 09:36 AM Re: Looking for some action, big boy? [Re: Jolly]
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Originally Posted By: Jolly
When regulated to manufacturer's specs, which grand piano action has the lowest downweight?

Which one has the highest?


A better question would be which piano feels the lightest. Knowing that one piano has a downweight of 45 grams and another is at 55 grams is only part of the equation as the latter can easily feel lighter based on the inertia and the responsiveness of the sound.
Manufacturer's published specs for downweight are fairly similar, although in practice they vary a lot more.
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#2138196 - 08/24/13 10:27 AM Re: Looking for some action, big boy? [Re: Keith D Kerman]
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Originally Posted By: Keith D Kerman
Originally Posted By: Jolly
When regulated to manufacturer's specs, which grand piano action has the lowest downweight?

Which one has the highest?


A better question would be which piano feels the lightest. Knowing that one piano has a downweight of 45 grams and another is at 55 grams is only part of the equation as the latter can easily feel lighter based on the inertia and the responsiveness of the sound.
Manufacturer's published specs for downweight are fairly similar, although in practice they vary a lot more.


Ok, I'll repose...Which grand actions feel the lightest?

Which feel the heaviest?
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#2138545 - 08/24/13 11:08 PM Re: Looking for some action, big boy? [Re: Jolly]
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Having not played anywhere close to all grands, I can't pretend to answer. But - in my limited experience Yamaha feels very light, Steinway light, Baldwin heavy, older Kawai (like mine) very heavy, newer Kawai pretty light. I guess I would have to relegate most of them to the "medium" class including Petrof, Samick, Nordiska, Schulze Pollman, and various Chinese made Baldwin labels.
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