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Stephen Brandon Pianos

23B Whitby Avenue
Off Stockton Lane
York, North Yorkshire YO31 1EU
England

Stephen Brandon Pianos specialise in selling restored pianos including Steinway, Bechstein and Bluthner, however we also keep a good stock of ...

Rachael Wherry

23 The Avenue Park Estate
Haxby
York, North Yorkshire YO32 3EH
England

Piano teaching is my full time job and I love it. I have over 25 years experience of teaching individuals like you the piano. You will feel ...

Moira Gray - Highly Experienced Piano Teacher


York, North Yorkshire YO17 9RW
England

Highly accomplished and friendly piano accompanist and experienced tutor for piano and theory.

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Did You Know Piano Facts

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, you twang it and then put your finger near to the end of the elastic band, to stop it vibrating. This is overdamping

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Take the same elastic band and place your finger near the centre to stop it from vibrating this is underdamping, which of course is more efficient. Overdamping is controlled by gravity where as underdamping is controlled by adjustable springs so on the whole underdamping is far more efficient than overdamping. However, there is one disadvantage with underdamping. That is, if the dampers are incorrectly aligned to the nodes and antinodes of the vibrating string this will result in, the dampers when they come in contact with the string, emphasising certain harmonics on the piano, thus giving you a harmonic ring, this is more common on small uprights and small grandís as the margin of tolerance decreases as the piano becomes smaller.