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by FAQ's
28 Jan 2007, 19:04
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: Sound Levels of Piano Music
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Views: 26449

Sound Levels of Piano Music

Some things you should know dB(a) is general sound level dB(b) is low frequency leve Normal piano practice 60 -70dB(a) Tuning piano Yamaha C7 Background Noise 39dB Tuning 93.4dB (a) piano peeks at 120db(a) with Test Blow Fortissimo Singer, 3' 70dB (a) Chamber music, small auditorium 75 - 85dB(a) Hi...
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23 Nov 2004, 21:20
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: Historical Temperaments FAQ
Replies: 0
Views: 31116

Historical Temperaments FAQ

1. What is a "Temperament?" When an octave is divided into 12 notes, the intervals they form cannot all be perfectly "in tune" at once, so compromises must be made.A emperament is the result of this process. 2. Why must we have a Temperament? When an interval is tuned for maximum consonance, or "in...
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01 Jul 2004, 20:37
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: Buying a piano: a decision maker's guide
Replies: 0
Views: 92090

Buying a piano: a decision maker's guide

Buying a piano: a decision maker's guide By Anne Ku Most people buy a piano because they want to play it or they expect their children to play it. When you decide to buy a piano, you are also considering its return on investment, your commitment to a future of music, and your responsibility for the ...
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09 Jun 2004, 20:03
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: Piano Serial Number Where do I find it ?
Replies: 0
Views: 40925

Piano Serial Number Where do I find it ?

You can take the serial number of your piano and match it to one of the numbers, of the manufacturers on the UK piano page. However, if your piano make is not on this site you may ask on our piano history forum or look it up in the Pierce Piano Atlas. This can be found in most libraries in the refer...
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09 Jun 2004, 19:54
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: What should I consider when purchasing a second-hand piano?
Replies: 0
Views: 35144

What should I consider when purchasing a second-hand piano?

The short answer is:don't do it This council comes from many years of visiting instruments that have been purchased with the hopes and dreams of a disappointed family who has just been told that the small fortune they just spent on a beloved piano has turned out to be a worthless, antiquated, unmen...
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09 Jun 2004, 19:50
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: What is Tuning Pin Tightener?
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Views: 21688

What is Tuning Pin Tightener?

This is a procedure that is deemed as controversial. What happens is, a piano's pin block the piece of wood into which the tuning pins are driven that the tuner adjusts becomes so loose that a piano can't be tuned. In a good many cases, the recommended procedure would be to rebuild the piano. This n...
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09 Jun 2004, 19:47
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: Should I Put Water In My Piano?
Replies: 0
Views: 28874

Should I Put Water In My Piano?

In today's climate with the abundance of central heating and modern insulation, pianos before the 1960s were not designed to withstand the dry heat found in some homes in the UK. This can result in splits in the soundboard and the drying out of the wrest plank which effectively keeps the pianos tuni...
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09 Jun 2004, 19:43
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: What is the difference between Overdamping and Underdamping?
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Views: 24001

What is the difference between Overdamping and Underdamping?

Overdamping is a system whereby the piano damping mechanism (the bit that shuts the piano up) is situated above the hammer strike line. Underdamping is where the piano dampers are placed below the hammer strike line. Advantages and disadvantages. Overdamping. Imagine an elastic band three-foot long,...
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09 Jun 2004, 19:41
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: What is Overstringing or crossovering?
Replies: 0
Views: 21509

What is Overstringing or crossovering?

This is where the bass strings are set at a diagonal across the piano running from the top left to the bottom right, running over the top of the steel wires which themselves are set diagonally from bottom left to top right. However, the steel strings are not at as greater angle as the bass strings. ...
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09 Jun 2004, 19:38
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: FAQ What should the piano tuner be expected to do and why?
Replies: 0
Views: 23207

FAQ What should the piano tuner be expected to do and why?

Assuming that the piano has been maintained to a quality standard down the years, the tuner should be prepared to maintain the piano at "Concert Pitch". This is what has been accepted as the pitch to which all musical instruments are to be tuned. In this case, the note A(49) should be set to 440hz. ...
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09 Jun 2004, 19:36
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: FAQ How often should I have my piano tuned?
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Views: 23952

FAQ How often should I have my piano tuned?

For example, if you play the piano several hours a day, and work to a performance standard, it is quite likely, that for your own piece of mind, and that of your listeners, you may need to have your instrument tuned frequently. This could be as often as once a week. But, experience can be a good gui...
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09 Jun 2004, 19:31
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: FAQ What is voicing - toning?
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Views: 21193

FAQ What is voicing - toning?

What is voicing? Voicing is an extremely difficult area. It's subjective in the extreme, and has caused endless discussion in piano maintenance circles. But the final goal of voicing is to have the hammers striking the notes of the piano to offer a uniform sound from the bottom to the top of the in...
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09 Jun 2004, 19:27
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: FAQ What is action regulation?
Replies: 0
Views: 21133

FAQ What is action regulation?

Action regulation is the process by which the tuner maintains the moving parts to work as they are meant to. What can be the signs of poor regulation? Some guidance here may help. These items may also be useful in evaluating an instrument for purchase. A lot of what happens when the key is pressed c...
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09 Jun 2004, 19:18
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: FAQ What is tuning?
Replies: 0
Views: 20046

FAQ What is tuning?

Tuning is the process by which the piano is brought into sonic regulation with itself. The process of tuning is a multi-stage process. The tuner begins by setting the instrument to the pitch to which it is to be tuned. He then performs the setting of he "temperament." This is the 12-note pattern tha...
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09 Jun 2004, 19:10
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: FAQ Why maintain a piano?
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Views: 22146

FAQ Why maintain a piano?

The piano is a highly developed, complicated piece of equipment. It contains about 240 different lengths of highly tensioned wire. (Approx. 160lbs per note and a 15% increase in the bass giving you an overall strain on the frame of 21 tons approx.) These lengths of wire go to make up 85 to 88 notes ...
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09 Jun 2004, 09:39
Forum: Piano Buying Advice FAQ
Topic: FAQ on selling a piano
Replies: 0
Views: 46246

FAQ on selling a piano

Were can I sell my piano On this site in " Pianos for Sale General Public " it’s free Place advert in a local newspaper in "Piano for sale or Musical Instruments " Respond to adverts in the local newspaper under "Pianos Wanted" Look at the " Pianos Wanted " on this site Place a card in you local ne...