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#2268617 - 04/29/14 11:16 AM One year is up! Need input please
Carbonblob Offline
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Registered: 04/26/13
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Loc: Los Angeles, Ca.
Hi All,

I can't believe it's been a year since I purchased (a then new) Kawai RX3 Blak. I've been fortunate in that I've had the very best in LA look after the piano. I've settled on a great tech, which leads to this question.

Is there anything special I should do after the first year of ownership? Here's the stats: I play 1-3 hours a day, 6-8 hours on weekends. I keep it tuned 4X a year. I have a damp-chase unit and string cover, so there's no issues in those arenas.

Just curious if there's something I should ask for on the next visit. I searched here but didn't see many threads on the subject.

Thanks in advance for your responses...........blob
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#2268647 - 04/29/14 12:07 PM Re: One year is up! Need input please [Re: Carbonblob]
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sounds like you're doing everything right!

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#2268651 - 04/29/14 12:19 PM Re: One year is up! Need input please [Re: Carbonblob]
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I get my piano tech to do a session once every year-18 months where he does some (usually very minimal) hammer voicing and action regulation. Other than that everything you've listed seems spot on.
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#2268656 - 04/29/14 12:28 PM Re: One year is up! Need input please [Re: Carbonblob]
Carbonblob Offline
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Thanks AJF..........I thought I read somewhere, here actually, that at one year it's customary to do exactly what you mentioned. Thanks for confirming that.

I know my tech did some regulation on the last visit as well. I missed the voicing portion, so thanks for that info. I'll ask him to address that issue next week.....blob
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#2268657 - 04/29/14 12:31 PM Re: One year is up! Need input please [Re: joe80]
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Thanks Joe88.

I know I stress......a bit! I'm new to ownership and grateful for the input.

thanks again.....blob
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#2268890 - 04/29/14 09:59 PM Re: One year is up! Need input please [Re: Carbonblob]
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Loc: North Carolina
That's a lot of playing. I would just have the tech have a look at the hammers for wear. Everyone plays differently. I am a more soft player, and I do use the full keyboard. Someone else may be a lot more aggressively and rarely use the high notes. With all the variables, with the amount of hours you have played the piano, it may/may not need any hammer/regulation. I think you have everything else covered.
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#2269075 - 04/30/14 12:12 PM Re: One year is up! Need input please [Re: Carbonblob]
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thanks for the input David, much appreciated.........blob
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#2269123 - 04/30/14 02:40 PM Re: One year is up! Need input please [Re: Carbonblob]
Robert 45 Offline
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Registered: 08/18/06
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Loc: Auckland New Zealand
Hi blob,
It's good to hear that you have been spending lots of time playing your piano and enjoying it.
I have a similar piano and last Monday, my tuner/tech spent 4 hours giving the instrument some maintenance. This was the first time that I had had this much work done on the piano since owning it for nearly 7 years. I should also add that I have the piano tuned 4 times a year and sometimes minor maintenance is done on the tuner's visits.

My piano has been moderately played and is kept in a humidity controlled environment.

This maintenance mainly involved:

lightly sanding out the grooves in the hammers (not re-shaping) removing about 1 millimeter of felt from the hammer

Checking the friction points in the action and lubricating any sluggish bushings

polishing all the key pins to make less friction on the key

realignment of any hammers that needed it

adjustment of the back checks

adjustment of the action springs

Tuning and then voicing.

I am pleased with the result and the piano has a warmer, rounder sound with more power and clarity.

Best regards,

Robert.


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#2269142 - 04/30/14 03:43 PM Re: One year is up! Need input please [Re: Robert 45]
Carbonblob Offline
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Registered: 04/26/13
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Thanks Robert,

I just printed that out! You know, a while back, I stopped lurking on this site and joined (once I bought my piano). You were the very first person I contacted. You sent me extremely detailed accounts of your tech visits and impressions of your Kawai over the years. At your direction, I've mirrored your tech schedule (4X a year) as well.

I've found myself printing out your responses on several occasions and passing them along to my tech. You have a great ability and talent to convey and verbalize both the technical and subjective aspects surrounding pianos. My tech"s" (I recently lost one due to a family illness) complimented your views as well. How you ever got your hands on the Kawai tech guide for voicing was beyond me but what a find. That document was a real eye opener to the world of techs and their skills.

I just wanted to thank you once again for helping me with my journey and appreciation for this fantastic instrument.........blob
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#2269183 - 04/30/14 05:39 PM Re: One year is up! Need input please [Re: Carbonblob]
Robert 45 Offline
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Registered: 08/18/06
Posts: 1446
Loc: Auckland New Zealand
Thank you blob for your very kind words. I am very pleased that you are so happy with your piano. Keep up your excellent maintenance and enjoy your playing!

Warmest regards,

Robert.

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