Frequently Asked Questions

12) Can the “touch” of my piano’s action be adjusted?

Within certain narrow parameters, the touch can be adjusted by regulating the action.  Regulating is the process of restoring the action adjustments to their factory-specified defaults.  Over time and with playing, these adjustments gradually change and must periodically be restored for proper functioning of the piano.  Each adjustment also has a certain narrow window of permissible variation, so by cleverly manipulating these variations, it may be possible to make the touch slightly lighter or heavier, or the repetition faster, than the factory default specifications.  If changes are desired that fall beyond what is possible through normal regulating, then the technician must carefully analyze the source of the problem and make more drastic changes to the action, which may involve rebuilding it to some extent.  This was once solely the province of trial-and-error, but scientific principles can now be brought to bear on these problems, with consistent and happy outcomes.  More advanced and technologically-savvy technicians can advise you about your options.  Note: There is a psychological connection between tone and touch.  Sometimes adjusting the tone of the piano, or just tuning it, can make the piano’s touch “feel” better, even though there is no mechanical connection between the two. Larry Fine

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