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#3088063 03/01/21 12:29 PM
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I have a 1972 Knabe that started to make buzzing sound when playing forte chords in the mid-range. Is this normal for a piano to do that? This piano is serviced regularly and tuned every 6 months. My piano tuner thought he fixed the buzzing but buzzing returned immediately the next day after he serviced. Any ideas?

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It's a normal thing to happen to a piano for countless reasons from the humidity causing a buzz to the fallboard or front cover shifting a miniscule amount, regardless of the piano being new or old. But that doesn't mean you have to live with it.

The trick I tell people to try to find a buzz is have someone else play the piano while you walk around and listen. It might not even be the piano! On my own Walter, I will get a buzz sometimes, but if I press hard on the right side of the front panel and let go, it will go away for another year or so. Another time I heard a buzz, and it was actually a light fixture 15 feet away on the ceiling even though I swear it was coming from the piano. I had my 9yo play the piano so I could walk around the room and find it.

Good luck and update us when you find out!

P.S. If it's something inside the piano, don't chase it down and fix it yourself. Wait for your tech to come back. Something in the wood may need to be shimmed, for example. (My old Kawai console needed shims under the fallboard/keyrail thing from time to time to stop buzzing.)


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Sometimes a recording helps people to pinpoint the problem. You may get 101 suggestions but one could be the solution you are looking for. Can you narrow it down to a note or chord?


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