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Thanks and another question
#2416481 05/02/15 02:18 PM
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I posted a question a couple of weeks ago about making the action of my Yamaha C3 heavier, and received suggestions to use David Stanwood's binder clip idea on the hammer shanks.
I did that, have played it a good bit, and am quite pleased with the results, and wanted to thank again those who gave me help with my question.
I am now wondering if, assuming I want to keep the action in its heavier form (which brings it to mid-range of normal, as opposed to its former self on the light range of normal) if I should consider this a temporary fix with an eye to eventually seeking a more permanent solution of having a technician alter action, or if I can consider this a permanent solution with no need for further work.
Obviously this would only be if I was sure I never wanted to remove the weight, so I plan to keep the binder clips on for some time in any case.
I feel the additional few grams of action weight has made the action more comfortable and made it easier to control the tone of the piano, as well as made it easier for me to adapt to other pianos.
Thanks again.

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That is up to you. More permanent solutions would include making the existing hammers heavier, increasing the action ratio, replacing the existing hammers with heavier hammers, or some combination of those.

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This might be of help....it's not permanent, and a lot less expensive than having the action altered or changed.

http://pitchlock.com/touch-rail/

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One more thought
I have drilled perpendicular into hammer tail and inserted small brass rod, or lead wire.
One half gram of lead wire or brass rod will increase touch by about 2.5 to 3 grams.
It will have a similar feel to the clips but will be permanent
It's cheaper than a new hammer set

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Originally Posted by Grandpianoman
This might be of help....it's not permanent, and a lot less expensive than having the action altered or changed.

http://pitchlock.com/touch-rail/


I looked at the touch-rail website but all they talked about was making the action lighter, not heavier. Can it do both?

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It is designed to make heavy actions lighter.

The binder clips can be considered a permanent repair in my opinion.



Ryan Sowers,
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Originally Posted by rysowers
It is designed to make heavy actions lighter.

The binder clips can be considered a permanent repair in my opinion.



Sounds good to me. Thanks!


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