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About one and half month my parents bought me my first ever piano. The piano is a second-handed apollo a5 which I really like the sound of. 3 weeks after buying, my technician came and tuned my piano. So far so good, the piano was tuned well and I had fun playing it. Though a week ago it seemed like the piano is getting more and more out of tune, so my technician came once again. He told me that the piano is tuned, and it is just the mute\muffler rail that is causing the piano to sound out of tune. Is that a true thing that mute rail affects tuning?

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The mute rail does not appear to affect the frequency response of strings on my piano. My feeling has always been that it is more difficult to detect a piano going out of tune when the mute rail is used.

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Gashdal,

Do you use the mute rail while playing? It certainly does change the sound of the piano (for obvious reasons), but it will not affect the tuning of the piano. Occaisionally it might slightly interfere with a section of hammers and act strangely, but that is a matter of adjustment for the most part. Also, if it's well worn it will mute unevenly again causing odd sounds.

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Thanks for the quick answers.
yes, I do use the mute rail while playing. I think the mute felt isn't worn. [I could add pictures and audio if you'd like to see\hear] Maybe I need to consider changing my technician.

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Just a guess..

Sometimes if you play with the damper pedal down and the mute rail in place, it is possible to hear the energy of the hammer hitting the string travelling through the mute to cause adjacent strings to sound as well. It is usually very quiet...

Try playing softly without the mute rail and see if the sound that bothers you is still there?

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Unfortunately still hearing it, though much quieter. Must say, it is more emphasized when using sustain pedal, probably because of what you've mentioned. Thank you.

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No harm in posting a video or sound byte, both unmuted and muted, with specific reference to notes or parts you feel do not sound right. Reasonable detail can help a lot.

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If the mute felt is too hard then it can brush against the strings of adjacent notes. As Ron said, not normally a problem unless the sustain pedal is used. The mute felt should be very supple. Sometimes the mute felt can be cut into strips for each note.


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You have not mentioned how the piano sounds when not using the mute rail. You have given me the impression that you always use the mute and you cannot expect a tuner to tune so that the mute sound is acceptable to you.


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Fortunately I have no need for muting so i took it out -in the way anyhow when tuning or measuring regulation.
Other than being quiet is there any advantage to using it?

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Originally Posted by Terrilyn
Fortunately I have no need for muting so i took it out -in the way anyhow when tuning or measuring regulation.
Other than being quiet is there any advantage to using it?

No, not really. I guess you could say that there is a different tonal colour when using the practice rail so perhaps you might find a musical passage where you felt that tonal change was advantageous but that is clutching at straws.


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