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#2320908 - Today at 12:31 AM What makes a piano sound honky-tonk?
harpon Online   content
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Registered: 08/04/14
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And is there a way to diminish it?

Is it just an intrinsic trait, or do the hammers get hard, or something?

Started to wonder that after looking an old Wurlitzer- looked great and a nice price-

but I hated the sound immediately- very honky-tonk.

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#2320911 - Today at 12:41 AM Re: What makes a piano sound honky-tonk? [Re: harpon]
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Hi Harpon - Welcome to Piano World!

It's one of those sounds which everyone hears, but is hard to define.

Hard hammers are certainly one of the causes, but we also tend to equate "honky-tonk" with being out of tune.

Please be careful when shopping for used pianos. To fix the problems and make the piano sound acceptable to you usually costs more than the piano is worth. You'd be better of finding something you like from the start and work from there. It just takes a little extra time to play an assortment of pianos.

Have fun!
Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

#2320925 - 19 minutes 8 seconds ago Re: What makes a piano sound honky-tonk? [Re: harpon]
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Harpon :

As MM indicated, it's more likely the honky-tonk results from the piano being out of tune than anything else. If someone is trying to sell a piano and it is not in tune, ask the seller to have it tuned. If s/he refuses to do so, immediately cross it off your list and go look for another piano!

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