I have a Samick Indonesia manufactured Kohler and Campbell KIG-52D 5'2" grand. Some here would call it a POS, and perhaps not be far off. According to Larry Fine it is definitely entry level. It has a nice treble, though. I do enjoy playing it.
My tech came over to tune recently. I asked her to look at the damper pedal, she felt it was very stiff and wanted to adjust it. She needed to remove the pedal lyre to do so. I gave her a hand removing it from the piano.
To make a long story short, somewhere along the line, starting at the factory, proceeding through the dealer and then the movers, before it got to me, two of the four screws that connect the braces running from the bottom of the piano to the back of the pedal lyre had had the heads sheared off. Even more surprising was the ease with which the heads of the two remaining screws popped off.
The kicker: there was a fifth hole drilled into the back of the lyre, just off to the side from one of the sheared off screw shafts where a hardware store black-anodized wood screw had been placed to hold the brace to the lyre.
Somewhere down the line, someone had noticed that two screws had sheared off, but rather than do a proper fix, had jerry-rigged this solution.
Result: I have a pedal lyre with four broken screws, plus a fifth "extra" hole.
Obviously, these screws were defective. This must be one of the areas where manufacturers try to control costs.
We called the dealer and they said to bring it in, they'd take care of it.
The lyre has been at the dealer for close to two weeks. I called today, no word back on how the repair is going. This is a warranty issue, I think, but if they haven't repaired it by tomorrow, I'll go pick it up myself and see if I can have it repaired elsewhere even if I have to pay to do so.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit Bach.
I need my dampers!