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#626672 - 06/07/02 11:37 AM looking at a Steinway
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Registered: 04/20/02
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I'm thinking about buying a used Steinway- its about 25 years old. I definitly will be getting my tech to look at it, but in the meantime... apparently this piano has teflon something action (or something like that- you can tell I don't know much!!) and I was just wondering what that was. The other thing is that all three pedals hardly depress at all- maybe 3/4 of an inch or something. Sound-wise they do their job but it feels really odd. Is this normal or this something drastically wrong? Is there anything I should be especially wary of looking at this piano?
Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!

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#626673 - 06/07/02 02:01 PM Re: looking at a Steinway
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This piano has teflon bushings instead of felt. The idea was that teflon wouldn't stick in high humidity like felt bushings can. Each note on your piano has 8 or more bushings where each part is hinged. Bushings too tight, and the hinge sticks. Bushings too loose and the part wobbles and/or makes noise. Teflon didn't work well as a long term bushing material. Many teflon actions have been replaced as a result. The cost of replacement is significant.
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