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"Secrets" of the piano action
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Hello PW friends,

Generally, pianolovers and pianists have very little understanding of the actual parts of the piano action and what they do. Here on PW, we have the advantage of having some very knowledgable members that explain these things whenever possible, so the general understanding here is much higher than what I run into each day in our business of servicing, rebuilding, and selling fine quality instruments.

In an attempt to make the piano action more easily understood by all, my colleague Hugh Sung dove into making a video to explain "secrets" of the piano action. I thought it would be enjoyed here and a few of us might also learn something. Enjoy!




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Nice explanation - Thanks Rich!


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Educational as always. Thanks!



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Interesting and educational! Hugh is a great presenter and pianist! smile

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Thank you Rich Galassini and Hugh for the informative and educational video of one of the most complicated parts of an acoustic piano. Very enjoyable!


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Very well made video, Rich. The explanation of the most basic aspects of how the action works could not have been made clearer for the layperson. Congratulations!

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I watched this last night. I love gaining knowledge, in particular regarding something I love - that being the piano. I commented on youtube and Mr. Sung was nice enough to respond.


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Rich Galassini #2867404 07/08/19 03:24 PM
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Thanks for sharing this video Rich! Hugh Sung does such a good job in making these details accessible and understandable! And it's just neat to see the action taken apart and have the role each part explained like that!


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Thank you,
That was just so good ! Such simple action being tranformed into something as complex as a piano and
then into an amazing Bösendorfer grand.

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Thanks for the video. Hugh does such a great job in explaining with clear examples and illustrations. Clearly lots of time and effort was put into the video. Much appreciated.


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This was a very well-presented video from a very engaging and personable presenter. I always enjoy listening to Mr. Sung; he has a fine way of presenting basic information without talking down to his viewers; a good spokesperson for Cunningham Piano Co. His genuine enthusiasm is what makes his presentations so well worth watching.

To think that, basically, this is 19th century technology and that a well-maintained piano can last a century or more is a wonderful testament to a dated but well-established and time-proven blend of science, engineering and art.

As a friend of mine always says: "When the power goes out, I can still entertain and be entertained by playing my piano."

An aside anecdote: The same friend was being visited by her young grandson. She showed the young lad her acoustic piano, played something for him, had him play a few notes, after which he asked: "Where is the power button to turn it on and off?"

Thanks, Rich, for sharing the video.

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This is a very good educational video. It is really a contribution to our industry.
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Hugh is one of those extraordinary people who has this amazing good energy about him that’s so infectious. And he’s a great teacher too!


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And Hugh has some real playing chops!


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Thank you for the kind words. I will pass them on to Hugh.

Several observations made here are absolutely true.

1) He is a fine teacher. He and I share a passion to educate the layperson and get them to experience the thrill of music that we all take for granted.

2) Whatever you might think of his chops - they are better than that! I have seen people put difficult orchestral reductions in front of him and he sight reads them flawlessly (well, almost flawlessly).

We LOVE doing these videos and we hope they are enjoyed by all and help to elevate the enthusiasm and understanding of the instrument. Also, without Hugh's hard work most of these videos would not exist.

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I think it was a good video, but fell just short of explaining the mechanism fully. Would be nice to see Hugh do a slightly more advanced video showing the exact operation of the whippen and repetition lever. Also the damper system. That would make it a very helpful resource as well as an entertaining video. Just my 2C. Hugh is an excellent presenter.

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Originally Posted by ando
I think it was a good video, but fell just short of explaining the mechanism fully. Would be nice to see Hugh do a slightly more advanced video showing the exact operation of the whippen and repetition lever. Also the damper system. That would make it a very helpful resource as well as an entertaining video. Just my 2C. Hugh is an excellent presenter.


ando,

Great comment and you are totally correct. Decisions had to be made on how much detail to go into in each point, but stay tuned. You might just see another video. smile


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Great video Rich! It's always a pleasure to watch the videos you produce. You've been putting out some great ones lately.

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