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Sound Enhancement by Playing In? #2680552
10/08/17 12:20 PM
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I published an article with the title "Sound Enhancement of Musical Instruments by "Playing them in": Fact or Fiction?

Is there a benefit of long term playing? How could a supposed mechanism work? Is it due to ageing or continuous vibration? Or can it be explaned by psychology? Is there any effect at all? Regarding all studies about that topic one could argue that there is no perceived difference between old (and much played) and new (lesser played) instruments.

You can read and download that articel. But be warned: it´s about wooden and stringed instruments in general, but it´s not specifically about pianos. Anyway, it may be of interest for piano lovers as well:

Sound Enhancement of Musical Instruments by "Playing them in": Fact or Fiction?


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Re: Sound Enhancement by Playing In? [Re: Gregor] #2680559
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As you are a "piano tech" and tuner surely you must be aware of the effect of aging of piano hammer felt? Also aware of the crown loss of a soundboard and the resulting reduction of sound transferrance and resonance?

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Re: Sound Enhancement by Playing In? [Re: Beemer] #2680721
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Originally Posted by Beemer
As you are a "piano tech" and tuner surely you must be aware of the effect of aging of piano hammer felt? Also aware of the crown loss of a soundboard and the resulting reduction of sound transferrance and resonance?


Yes, I am aware of that. But as I mentioned: it´s not about pianos.

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Re: Sound Enhancement by Playing In? [Re: Gregor] #2680726
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... but you posted in the Piano forum

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Re: Sound Enhancement by Playing In? [Re: Beemer] #2680768
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Originally Posted by Beemer
... but you posted in the Piano forum


......and you read it :-)

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Re: Sound Enhancement by Playing In? [Re: Gregor] #2680827
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Thank you Gregor for providing the link to the interesting article about the effects of playing on the acoustic properties of wood.
Although it is not specifically about pianos, I believe that it is relevant to them as the piano sound board , the "soul" of the instrument is, almost without exception, made of wood.

Of course, with the piano, the sound board is under huge stress from the down bearing of the strings and there is even more rapid deterioration from the effects of playing for the felt hammers, the piano action and the aging strings.
In my modest opinion, a regularly played and well-serviced piano will sound at its best for at least its first 20 years. From my own experience, I have noticed an improvement in piano sound especially after the first 5-10 years of its life.

As the years pass, the structural degradation of the sound board probably negates any improvement in the acoustic properties of the wood through regular playing.

Kind regards,
Robert.


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