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Device to make my upright sound quieter?? #615403
07/07/04 06:49 AM
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Hey Everyone!

I want to practice at night, but I'm afraid that I will disturb my neighbors and my sleeping family. Is there a device that makes the piano sound quieter? I heard there was... But here on Guam no seems to use it. I hope there is!

Please reply bcuz I'm in great need of practicing, and night time is the only time I have time bcuz in the day I have work.

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Re: Device to make my upright sound quieter?? #615404
07/07/04 07:55 AM
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If it's an upright, yes there are aftermarket "practice strip" devices available in technician's parts catalogs, though they need to be installed- they are not just something the consumer can plunk in.

But really you can get much the same effect by draping a piece of cloth so it hangs in front of the strings where the hammers hit.

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Re: Device to make my upright sound quieter?? #615405
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You can get the practice rail that Ricks mentions but try getting a long strip of felt and position it across the strings where the hammers strike the strings. Glue some strong magnets at the ends and in other spots to hold the strip in place. The practice rail has a felt strip attached to a rod that is lowered manually into place. Some pianos like Yamahas have a practice felt that is engaged and locked into place with the middle pedal.


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Re: Device to make my upright sound quieter?? #615406
07/11/04 06:57 AM
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THANKS a BUNCH!
I do have a Yamaha pedal with the middle pedal thing, but... it's still kind of loud. And I put towels (becaue I don't have felt) along the rail thing, and it works. But the piano sounds pretty ugly with towels inside.

I was wondering if there is a volumizer?? You know like low to high volume thing for a real upright piano.. like my Yamaha. If there isn't one I want to invent it. hehe...

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Re: Device to make my upright sound quieter?? #615407
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Baldwin sold a device about ten years ago (?) which allowed the hammers to play "silently," and there was a set of headphones so that the person practicing could hear. My understanding is that this device is now out of production and not supported. My observation as a tech is that pianos with this sort of device were always out of regulation, because once you installed the device which stopped the hammers from hitting, the whole mechanism was under stress beyond what it was designed for, and it didn't work right whether you wanted it to sound or not. (This is what worries me about the towel solution, that stopping the hammers early will put strain on the hammer joints, which may lead to problems.)

My opinion is that if the practice mute is not quiet enough (or, for non-Asian piano owners, a QuietKeys installation, which is the same idea), that that's just how it is. Pianos are designed to produce sound. I'm sorry. Maybe a digital keyboard would be better for your purposes?


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