What makes an acoustic piano touch ‘heavy’?

Asked by: Daryl Wilson

Abducting, twisting the wrist, playing with a still or quiet hand, not playing in/out, not playing on the edge of the keys, not playing with circular or shaping motions, pressing into the keybed, not playing to the point of sound, playing from the fingers, etcetera.

Why are my piano keys heavy?

When playing, the keys of a grand piano feel heavier than those of an upright, because the inertia related to the rotational movement in the action of a grand piano is greater than that of the mechanism of an upright piano.

How do you make a piano key heavier?

Re: How can i make my upright piano keys heavier? A couple of possibilities: A tech can slightly strengthen hammer return springs and even make the dampers lift a bit earlier. Add lead to the back end of the keys. Install new balance rail pins that have the sprigns in them – available through Schaff supply co.

Can you adjust piano key weight?

The process of adjusting the action of your piano to your liking is called “regulation”, and any qualified technician can do that as already mentioned. I would not mess with the weights of the keys myself, because it’s not as simple as shaving of some wood here or adding some weight there.

Why are some pianos easier to play than others?

Vertical pianos tend to have lighter or easier actions than grands because the hammer moves rather more sideways than upwards when the key is depressed.)

How do you fix a heavy piano key?

And removing the old knuckle. So what I do is I'll remove by using the bandsaw just take a look the old knuckle. Once I take off the old knuckle. Right and they're gonna look like. This.

Should piano keys be heavy?

Lighter keys will allow you to play faster, heavier keys offer greater expression. To further complicate matter, Chopin played on a Pleyel, which even today have a keyweight of only 50 grams – and his was probably even lighter, and the keys only went down half as far as on your Steinway.

How long do acoustic pianos last?

40 to 50 years

A rule-of-thumb answer typically given is that an average piano under average conditions will last 40 to 50 years. However, even after a piano has ended its natural life for a particular purpose, it may still have a new life as a used instrument for a lesser purpose.

Are acoustic pianos worth it?

Unsurprisingly, the acoustic piano produces a better sound. The acoustic piano, as mentioned before, produces a sound when the hammer strikes a string. It gives you an authentic, acoustic sound that has a warmer, more resonant tone. You also have better control over the articulation and expression of the musical notes.

Are acoustic pianos obsolete?

The days when digital pianos sounded artificial and had rattling keyboards are fortunately over, unless you choose the cheapest model. Nevertheless, the classic acoustic variant is by no means obsolete.

What is the lifespan of a piano?

With regular proper maintenance, tuning, and storage, a quality piano can give up to 50 years of adequate service.

Is a digital piano better than an acoustic?

Since acoustic pianos always feature complex hammer mechanisms and strings, the touch and feel are the most authentic, while digital pianos can only try to replicate this experience with sensors and hammer actions. Most acoustic pianos feature 88-keys, from A to C.

What is better acoustic piano or digital piano?


Digital pianos don’t require tuning. Space: Acoustic pianos are larger than digital pianos and need much more space to get the optimum sound. Portability: digital pianos generally weigh less and can be moved around and transported with little hassle.

How loud is an acoustic piano?

Acoustic pianos generally produce 60-70 Decibels (dB) at normal practise. The Action Level where hearing protection is required is at 85 Decibels. Upright pianos generally have shorter strings and smaller soundboard, which would contribute to lesser volume compared to a Grand piano.

Which digital piano is closest to acoustic?

Console digital pianos are the second most popular type of digital pianos. They come closest to an acoustic piano in terms of the main elements such as sound, touch, and look.