Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/bell orchestral piano


Be flat wrote at 2014-08-09 15:31:19
I have the exact piano you have in the picture. If your still interested in a PERMANENT honky tonk sound then stick metal thumb tacks into the felt on the hammers. This puts metal between the hammer and strings cost effectively and it sounds great. A cheap and very effective way to create that honky tonk sound. You may have to replace the tacks periodically or use a bit of epoxy on each tack when you stick it into the felt to permanently fix them in. For felts that are so worn and grooved from years and years of the hammers hitting the strings this is a fun solution. sometimes the felts will be so worn that they are almost cut from the strings. what you don't want to see is the felt so worn that its wearing into the wood hammers. bad news then for the hammers. it'll chew away at the wood. then foul have to replace hammers. usually this happens on the most used keys. usually all the middle keys. the bass keys and high keys are usually ok. they are not played as often. check your sound board for cracks or gaps. This won't allow for acoustics and resonation in the wood sound board. making the piano quieter because their is no accoustics happening. I am not a piano technician expert but know a wee bit from playing for years.  

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