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#609422 - 12/05/07 03:53 AM Piano with a heavy touch...make it light....
Tush Offline
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Registered: 11/14/07
Posts: 4
Loc: Bombay,India
Hi,This question is for the technician.Has any one come accross clients who wish that their piano could have a lighter touch.Pianist complaining that his/her piano used to play well but after refelting and rebushing work the action turned out to acquire a heavier touch.
I am an amature tuner but I can almost guess the remidy.Excuse me for being ambitious.It will be wonderfull to hear from an expert.

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#609423 - 12/05/07 04:16 AM Re: Piano with a heavy touch...make it light....
diinin Offline
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Registered: 04/30/07
Posts: 391
Loc: Indianapolis
I just came over to this forum to ask the same question, but pertaining to a new piano. Have always been curious.
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#609424 - 12/05/07 05:39 AM Re: Piano with a heavy touch...make it light....
tds Offline
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Registered: 08/30/06
Posts: 446
Loc: Bastrop, Texas
If the keys were rebushed and the touch suddenly became heavier, the keys were most likely not eased properly and are binding on the guide pins. This is not uncommon and most technicians will come back to take care of this for you.

I'm not sure what you mean by "refelting", but if the hammers were replaced as well, they might be contributing to the heavy feel of the action, particularly if they are heavier than the hammers which were removed.
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#609425 - 12/05/07 10:22 AM Re: Piano with a heavy touch...make it light....
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Registered: 01/07/07
Posts: 49
Loc: Earth
First, the whole action should be thoroughly regulated. Try regulating the damper lifts so that they lift later in the key dip.

you can make sure none of the bushings are tight, check the key bushings and center pins, including those in the damper action and the damper wire bushings.

Then dump a bunch of teflon, one puff, or any dry lube stuff on the tops of the capstans, and between the top of the jack heads and hammer knuckles.

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#609426 - 12/05/07 11:29 PM Re: Piano with a heavy touch...make it light....
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Registered: 09/11/06
Posts: 3919
Loc: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
When making these kinds of inquiries here on the forum, it is always helpful to give as much information as you can: brand, model (grand/upright/size), year, what work was precisely done (what does it say on the invoice etc) and more information about the problem.. In this case: what is "heavy"? Are there measurements, weights etc.

It is often not easy to dianose a problem long-distance even if one has all the information, let alone if key pieces of info are missing...
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#609427 - 12/07/07 03:45 AM Re: Piano with a heavy touch...make it light....
Tush Offline
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Registered: 11/14/07
Posts: 4
Loc: Bombay,India
Hi, good guys out there.Your advice has been of great assistance.I am working on the "heavy touch" problem and it seems to be working.Oh yaa, I am working on an upright piano called "knake" really really old.It's actually a "junk" piece.I've changed all the spiral jack and hammer butt springs.It's fun to revive a dead piece.It's working guys.I'm not a tech like you guys so I thank you all again.Boeno!

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#609428 - 12/07/07 11:30 PM Re: Piano with a heavy touch...make it light....
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Registered: 09/11/06
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Loc: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
I know Knake pianos. They were a regional maker in M√ľnster/Westphalia, Germany. They made pretty nice instruments, some of which were dispersed around the world through the British Empire prior to the first world war.
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Piano Forte Supply
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Piattino Caster Cups distributor

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#609429 - 12/09/07 03:59 AM Re: Piano with a heavy touch...make it light....
Tush Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/14/07
Posts: 4
Loc: Bombay,India
Hi Jurgen, Thankyou for the info.We have extrerely old pianos which were brought to India by the English.Amaizingly these instruments have such sweet tone.If refurbished correctly,they could be great instruments to play on.I am actually a pianist by proffession.But Piano technology is a breath taking subject to me.I joint this forum so that I could talk to you guys before attending any of the schools in the U S.I am aware of few schools already.But their fees are rather steep.I'm saving up right now.Till then I'll keep working on these pianos.It's adding to my experience.I appreciate your response.Thanks!

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