Sound Clarity for Pianist?

Avery Todd ATodd@UH.EDU
Mon, 03 Jun 1996 07:45:08 -0500

Hi all,
   I'm forwarding this post, with permission, from the piano list to get
any feedback from y'all (yes, I'm from Texas). It's something I have never
come across before and I (and the original sender) would be interested in
any comments any of you would like to make.

>Date: Fri, 24 May 1996 20:01:44 -0400
>I have a dilemma.  My piano (Steinway 'B') has a beautiful tone.  The
>rebuilder of my piano believes that because of the light hammers he has
>installed, the hammer comes off the string very fast.  This contributes
>to a clear tone.  According to him this is not like the modern pianos
>which have a much noisier tone.  I agree.  When I hear someone play my
>piano and when I stick my ear over the hammers, it's beautiful.
>But my problem is (I think) because there is such a pure attack, from the
>bench I don't get to hear the great tone and I think I'm missing part of
>the initial attack.  This may be causing me difficulties playing.  The
>action feels sluggish but I think that it's not the action's fault.  If
>there was a way for me to really hear the tone the action would feel
>I'm experimenting with objects that would reflect more of the sound to me.
>Of course I've removed the music desk.  Has anyone thought about this or
>have any suggestions or observations on the subject.
>I appreciate your time.

Avery Todd, RPT
Moores School of Music
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-4893

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