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First acoustic piano.
#3010642 08/05/20 11:01 PM
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Does a piano string give you any notice, sound, or clue before it breaks?
I am a semi retired guitarist of 63 years and very familiar when guitar strings are getting tenuous. No clue about piano strings.
Piano is a very well maintained Baldwin console , 1972. Thanks.
only one note -weird -in tune but a clunky sound.

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A piano string doesn't give notice before breaking, no. The clunky sound could be due to a number of things.

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It just breaks.

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I have found that "sometimes" you can feel the tension coming on your hammer but that's not very often . Usually you are caught off-guard for sure. All you can do is make sure on your part that you are doing everything according to plan and by that I mean not raising it too far above pitch on the first pass. I put CLP oil (not always, only if I think the strings have been sitting untouched for over a year or so....judgement call) on the upper bearing points especially on the bass string to loosen any rust that may be forming (formed) there and I will generally back the hammer up a bit before going forward on the first pass to break the rust-bond if there is one. I also am careful with the last 3 or 4 wound strings found usually in octave 3 where the section changes. I have had some trouble with these strings breaking on me so I go lightly there.

So, you take all these precautions and more but still a string will break on you. Develop a method and trust it and then, as a last thought, if/when a string breaks know how to repair it or replace it. It's not the end of the world but it is maddening sometimes especially when you are tight time-wise.

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It depends on how it breaks. If a string breaks from fatigue, it may go flat first. But strings rarely break, and they often do it without any warning.


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Thanks very much..very helpful. Will get tech to see why C3 clunks despite being in tune.

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Follow up on my first acoustic piano with the clunky C3 key. Although nearly in tune it just sounded like a dead clunk. The B2 also sounded similar. Well over a month the clunky notes starting spreading like a virus reaching all the way to G2. Technician identified.
the problem as a cracked bridge cap.
He’s Going to take it back to warehouse and bring me in a Yamaha loaner.
He’s a long time piano dealer in my small city and determined to make it right so I’m not too worried.


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