Upright piano: High pitched chime-like ringing noise?



Asked by: Julie Johnson

It sounds as if high pitched notes start to vibrate by themselves somehow. Might be the strike-points (could well be called something else) where hammer hits on string is at 7th harmonic i.e. it cancels out the 7th harmonic. The hammer could be slightly misalligned.

What causes ringing on piano?





it could be very hard hammers that need to be softened. they could be releasing a lot of high frequencies that you may be particularly sensitive to. it could be something in the room is resonating with the piano–if that is the case, it will only resonate with certain notes, not every note on the piano.

Why does my piano sound twangy?

It is the unisons that are the first to be noticed going out of tune by most people and that is when they sound ‘twangy’. Because the piano is a ‘live’ instrument, sometimes unisons go out and then back into tune according to the weather. If the piano is persistently twangy, it’s time to call the tuner.

How do you fix a ringing key on a piano?

Um or it's a small piano and upright for example then you can just play it as you kind of go around listening okay touching things okay where is it where's that buzz and then eventually.

What are the noise on the piano?

Difference on the amount of action noise you hear when a piano is open like this on a grand piano or in an upright. That has the possibility of lifting up the lid.

Do pianos go bad?





The average mass produced piano lasts 30 years. Hand-crafted pianos last substantially longer, often exceeding 50 years. Over time, the piano will need regular tuning, regulation, rebuilding, and other maintenance. A well-maintained piano can last in excess of 100 years.

Do pianos sound better with age?

Pianos do not get better with age. The action has a zillion moving parts that wear out, the hammers wear out, the dampers wear out and don’t work right. The pin blocks get loose and/or crack, the sound boards crack, lose their crown and compress. The strings get old, corroded and dead sounding.

Why is my upright piano buzzing?

So, why does my piano buzz? Pianos making a buzzing sound when small objects fall onto the soundboard. Those items vibrate when a key is played, leading to the unpleasant noise. Dirty coils, bad felt, loose screws and action parts and string tension can also cause buzzing.

What is the sound of piano onomatopoeia?

A piano cannot “plonk on”, but children do “plonk” on the piano. Maybe the “the sound of piano keys being plonked”, or “bashed” if the resulting sound is noisy and painful to listen..

What does fortissimo sound like?

Is extra soft really soft so the range goes from fortissimo. The loudest to Forte really loud to metaphoric relatively loud then relatively soft soft and really soft.



How long does upright piano last?

Ten to Thirty Years



Normal regulation and voicing will maintain good tone and touch if usage is moderate. If the piano suffers wide temperature and humidity swings, it will being to show permanent deterioration during this time: loose tuning pins, rusty strings, soundboard cracks, and aging of the finish.

Are old upright pianos worth anything?

Antique pianos and organs can be valued anywhere from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. It is important that sellers realize the real value difference between a restored instrument and an unrestored instrument.

What do you do with an old upright piano?

Here’s how you can properly get rid of your old piano:



  1. Determine is your broken piano is beyond repair – if it can be fixed, it may have more value being donated.
  2. Check to see if your local trash or junk removal service, charities, and recycling facility accepts pianos or offers piano disposal service.

Are ivory piano keys worth anything?

Ivory keytops are not valuable.



Because the trade in ivory is completely outlawed around the world, the keytops are not valuable. But even if it was legal, remember that only a thin veneer on top of the key is made of ivory.

How can I get a free piano?

7 Ways to Get a Free Piano

  1. Craigslist. People are lining up to give away pianos for free or super cheap. …
  2. Ebay. A rarely-used (by me, at least) Ebay search setting could be the key to your free piano. …
  3. PianoAdoption.com. Yes, this is a real site aimed at people desperate for their treasured piano to go to a good home.


Are used pianos worth anything?

Value greatly depends on condition and the make of the piano. Value greatly depends on condition and the make of the piano.





Console Pianos
Years old Retail
Over 40 30-40 20-30 10-20 $300-$1000 $500-$2000 $500-$3000 $1500-$4000
Value greatly depends on condition and the make of the piano.


How much is a 40 year old piano worth?

SO – What’s my piano worth?

Piano Type Age Approximate Value Range
Steinway & Sons 40+ years $1,000- $15,000 “shell value”
Steinway & Sons 5-10 years Around 80% of new $60,000 to $90,000
Steinway & Sons 10-20 years 60-70 % of new $45,000 to $70,000
Steinway & Sons 20-30 years 50% of new $40,000 – $60,000

Should I buy a 100 year old piano?

The answer is: it depends. Old pianos can continue to sound wonderful for many years with regular maintenance and care, but even pianos that have deteriorated can often be restored to their former glory, and in many cases made to sound even better than when they were new.