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I had my tech out today. He said he's had a few go out of tune the past few weeks, especially the European ones. Makes sense on yours too, IIRC you had those new hammers put in right after that super dry steak, then it got humid but still cool for a while, then hot and dry, etc.

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Originally Posted by BlakeOR
I had my tech out today. He said he's had a few go out of tune the past few weeks, especially the European ones. Makes sense on yours too, IIRC you had those new hammers put in right after that super dry steak, then it got humid but still cool for a while, then hot and dry, etc.

I'm pulling the nuclear button and having him put a dampp chaser on mine.

Yeah, it's been rough! I have a bunch of stuff on the way: dehumidifier, MERV 13 filters, another HEPA filter, industrial strength window fan... stuff to make us and and piano more comfortable for the next heat wave and to prep for wildfires which are sure to come. A bunch of our plants got roasted at the top, even with deep watering.


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My Petrof also seems to like the heat. Action felt even smoother during the Portland heatwave, albeit we have AC. Still, temperature in the house was around 80 and can get up to 85 when we're not home. In the winter, house can get down to the low 60s at night. No dampp chaser, but so far so good. Keeping fingers crossed.

Sorry to hear about your ongoing piano troubles twocats. I hope it will make it that much sweeter once everything is worked out. To celebrate, might I suggest a Portland PWers piano party at your place? wink

Once I'm done with the work I want to do on the Petrof, I hope to have one at my house.

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Originally Posted by Emery Wang
To celebrate, might I suggest a Portland PWers piano party at your place? wink

Once I'm done with the work I want to do on the Petrof, I hope to have one at my house.

I'm not into hosting parties but you're welcome to come visit at some point if you'd like smile It would be fun to come to your place though!

I think the dehumidifier will help. I had no idea that the humidity got so much higher every night, and we have the windows open!


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I’m sort of stunned this thread is still going onwards. To say nothing of how much money has been spent on Bo not even counting purchase which I can only imagine was out of my league! I was off PW for nearly two years due to health problems. And yet the Bo saga continues. I just honestly hope at some point Bo will be stable and you can just play and enjoy him. Surely that’s coming eventually. I sure hope so!

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Originally Posted by dynamobt
I’m sort of stunned this thread is still going onwards. To say nothing of how much money has been spent on Bo not even counting purchase which I can only imagine was out of my league! I was off PW for nearly two years due to health problems. And yet the Bo saga continues. I just honestly hope at some point Bo will be stable and you can just play and enjoy him. Surely that’s coming eventually. I sure hope so!

I did a bunch of work five years ago when I purchased Bo, but then revived the thread when I got a new action and hammers recently, since the old parts had been showing wear. The final regulation and voicing on the new parts has been taking longer than expected but once all these crazy heat waves are over, hopefully my tech can come over and finish the work!


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Today is the 6th anniversary of Bo's arrival!

I got the dehumidifier set up a few days ago and it's already pulled a bucket of water out of the air. I'm going to ask my tech to come back the last week of July since my mom will be here and sleeping in the living room, and I don't want the noisy dehumidifier running all night next to her head.

I've come to terms with the fact that the new hammers just aren't going to sound like the old ones did until they're broken in. It's been very consistent that if there are two identical model pianos at a dealer and one has been on the floor for a year or two, I always like that piano a lot more, so I'm going to have to put in a year of playing on the new hammers to get them to open up. The regulation is still only half done and the touch is obviously not quite right, so I'm reserving judgement until the final work is done. At least I can get the humidity more consistent until then, since the weather in Portland has been all over the place!

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I’ve been working on playing my hammers in, as well, and I’m really pleased with the sound. My tech did a little bit of voicing when he was here, but said to wait at least a year before we did any serious voicing. The way it’s sounding now, I really don’t think it’s going to need any. I’m about six months in since it got here. I didn’t realize what a difference it would be!

I’m sure you’ll be much happier with the sound as well! We pianists certainly need a lot of patience, don’t we? Not always easy, lol, but hopefully it pays off in spades! 😊👍


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Originally Posted by ebonyk
We pianists certainly need a lot of patience, don’t we? Not always easy, lol, but hopefully it pays off in spades! 😊👍

Pianos and home renovations, both of which are happening for us right now. It never ends! I keep thinking that it's finally getting wrapped up and then everything just gets extended again 😂


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Originally Posted by ebonyk
We pianists certainly need a lot of patience, don’t we? Not always easy, lol, but hopefully it pays off in spades! 😊👍

Pianos and home renovations, both of which are happening for us right now. It never ends! I keep thinking that it's finally getting wrapped up and then everything just gets extended again 😂
That seems to be the way it always goes!!


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