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Hammers that double strike
#1220516 06/21/09 12:58 PM
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Some friends of mine are trying to find a piano on a very limited budget. I looked at one with them recently from the 40's (a studio piano) that was generally in good condition (bridges looked great, hammers OK, tone pretty good, had been tuned to concert pitch in recent years) but three or four of the hammers were double-striking, producing a very odd sound. I tried to talk the family into having a technician evaluate the piano, as I thought it had potential (and only cost $175). But I think they were so turned off by the sound those double-striking keys were making that they didn't want to spend the money even to have a technician look at it.

I am wondering if anyone here can tell me (very generally speaking, of course) if double-striking hammers is usually such a serious problem as to eliminate a piano from consideration? Or is this more likely to be an easy fix?
(I ask mostly out of curiousity and for future reference since I think that piano has already been sold to someone else at this point.) Thanks!

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It is hard to say without looking at the piano. If the piano has been serviced recently, you might ask the tuner.


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It sounds to me like there is not enough dip. A Tech could raise the key level, which on an old piano is probably the prob.
Raising the key level on an old piano will automatically give you more dip.
After raising the key height, all of the other setting will need to be adjusted. Dip, let-off, checking it will improve the whole process.
It wont make it a Steinway, but will even it out pretty cheaply and get rid of the bobbling hammers.


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But I think they were so turned off by the sound those double-striking keys were making that they didn't want to spend the money even to have a


They may just have given up on what could be a smoking deal.

Double-striking hammers is a regulation issue: most beginner pianos never get regulated and can easily have this kind of "problem" earlier or later.

Depending on other condition of the piano, for under $ 200 purchase price, it may very well be a bargain - especially if it's a fairly good make.

Get tuner.

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