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Effect of extreme dryness & dust on tone? #1614256
02/06/11 11:04 PM
02/06/11 11:04 PM
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faulhorn Offline OP
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Looking at a well maintained older piano. Everything is sound structurally. The piano is however, very dry (10-15%?) and covered with a thin layer of fine dust from being in the desert.

What would happen to the tone when the dust is all blown off, and the piano humidified to about 40-50% humidity? Would there be a significant change or just minor changes?


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Re: Effect of extreme dryness & dust on tone? [Re: faulhorn] #1614279
02/06/11 11:34 PM
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The bigger question is what damage has already been done by the extreme dryness. Action parts can come unglued or break; tuning pin torque may be minimal. And yes, I would expect significant changes once put back into normal humidity -- not all for the better.

Have a technician check it.


Cy Shuster, RPT
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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