The Full Octave

The Full Octave

The Full Octave was founded by John Metcalfe and his wife Liz in 1997. The family has been involved in the piano business since the mid 1920s through John, and formerly his father, who could regularly been seen cycling along the South Cumbrian lanes on his piano tuning round.

In 1997 it was decided to pool the talents of both their daughter Amy and son-in-law Richard, both music college graduates, to form The Full Octave Music Shop. The Business specialises in both new and used / second hand Piano Sales, Piano Restoration/Tuning and importantly Sheet Music provision. The shop also provides a piano removal service in addition to stocking Woodwind (both new and secondhand), a wide range of guitars plus other instruments and accessories.

The Full Octave is especially proud of its grand piano restoration service whereby customers can be guaranteed quality workmanship at reasonable cost. A warm and friendly welcome awaits customers and they will be assured of an excellent service by staff, each of whom have their own individual fields of speciality.

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  • 152 Market Street
    Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria LA15 8RQ
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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


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.