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#2299370 - 07/07/14 02:32 AM Sluggish action
theholygideons Offline
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Not sure where to post this, but my upright piano action seems quite sluggish, especially in the middle ranges that are often played on. What should I make sure the technician check or ask him to improve, since I don't want to be potentially ripped off as i've had bad experiences in the past?

Thanks.


Edited by theholygideons (07/07/14 02:37 AM)

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#2299373 - 07/07/14 02:55 AM Re: Sluggish action [Re: theholygideons]
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A technician who has seen the piano can tell you much more than someone over the internet who knows only that it is an upright piano that you feel does not play well. You should be able to judge a technician by the answers that you get to your questions.
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#2299381 - 07/07/14 03:49 AM Re: Sluggish action [Re: theholygideons]
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If the tech suggest lurication, ask what lubricant he use Irresponsible tech will spray blue WD40, which has fastest effect but harnful to long run.
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#2299390 - 07/07/14 05:29 AM Re: Sluggish action [Re: theholygideons]
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Theholygideons,

Do you have a warranty claim on the dealer or manufacturer?
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#2299410 - 07/07/14 06:53 AM Re: Sluggish action [Re: theholygideons]
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It depends of the piano brand, the condition of use and stockage, then you contact the technician by mail ND tell us what his answer will be.
As of now we cannot have any idea if what your piano is or need.
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#2299413 - 07/07/14 07:25 AM Re: Sluggish action [Re: theholygideons]
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The first thing I'd check is the humidity level in the room where the piano is located. High %RH can have a negative effect on the action, as well as the rest of the piano.

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#2299414 - 07/07/14 07:36 AM Re: Sluggish action [Re: theholygideons]
theholygideons Offline
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sorry guys. All I can tell you is, that it's a U3 Yamaha, serial number 880188. I had the spring chords replaced a couple of years ago, yet, as of right now, it feels slow.

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#2299675 - 07/07/14 10:58 PM Re: Sluggish action [Re: theholygideons]
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Can you briefly describe the bad experiences you have had with technicians in the past?
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#2299916 - 07/08/14 03:45 PM Re: Sluggish action [Re: theholygideons]
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Originally Posted By: theholygideons
sorry guys. All I can tell you is, that it's a U3 Yamaha, serial number 880188. I had the spring chords replaced a couple of years ago, yet, as of right now, it feels slow.


It is possibly in need of some regulation. If not worse (regulation can be fast but who knows)

Does it play more normally with the sustain peal engaged ?

o you feel the dampers rubbing strong when you push on the keys slowly ? (+- at mo blow you feel the dampers)


there are good chances that the damper blades cloths are worn to the middle of the fabrics, it can then even block the parts on return.

That makes for what year of build ?

When the piano ages, the tone is not as lively, it can gives the impression it get out slower, there are many causes of energy loss that can give that impression.

Just when hammers take too much moisture, they are slow, but I dont know what you mean with "slow" is it the keys or is it global impression ?




Edited by Olek (07/08/14 03:48 PM)
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