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Do any pianos have a function where it is possible to lock the una corda pedal down (active). Perhaps something like how the pedals work on a harp (push to the side to lock in place). I have a couple passages where I'd like to use the una corda and sostenuto at the same time.

Do you think such a thing would be difficult to implement?


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My understanding is you would use the left foot to operate both pedals at the same time (as described by Joseph Banowetz, p 119-20 in Agay’s “Teaching Piano”). I’ve never tried this, it sounds very awkward!

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Originally Posted by ShyPianist
My understanding is you would use the left foot to operate both pedals at the same time (as described by Joseph Banowetz, p 119-20 in Agay’s “Teaching Piano”). I’ve never tried this, it sounds very awkward!


It is, I've seen Horowitz on YouTube do it this way. The engagement point on both pedals must be regulated to be equal to at least make this possible.

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Originally Posted by ShyPianist
My understanding is you would use the left foot to operate both pedals at the same time (as described by Joseph Banowetz, p 119-20 in Agay’s “Teaching Piano”). I’ve never tried this, it sounds very awkward!


I actually had Joseph Banowetz personally show me this technique. It was really a bit awkward for me, but not him, lol.



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Perhaps you should try posting this on the Technicians' Forum?

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The trouble with locking una corda is that you'd potentially leave it on long enough that the hammer felt in that position would get as worn and compacted as the regular position felt, negating the effect. It really is the "soft pedal" because it lets you play using the soft part of the hammer head.


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This for me seems to work. Adjust the sostenuto so it engages with a short throw (quick with minimum pressure), and angle your left foot heel a little to the left,. With the ball of your foot on the sostenuto and the heel on the una-corda you can rock your foot to engage/disengage either pedal. This looks a lot like what Horowitz did.


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