This a follow up video to this video (part 1).
This Yamaha G2 is 5’7″ long, and made in 1975. On the assessment video, we noticed several things that needed to be done to make the piano play properly.
First of all, we want to look at the key weight, which is a major factor. On the assessment video we looked at the B which was a lot heavier than the C. We have now lubricated the hinges and it is now lighter.
When you put the pedal down the key drops with 43.75 grams. And as we gently tap the bottom of the
Funnily enough, we have a G2 which we have restored for a concert pianist that comes to Oxford every summer. He likes a light action on his piano in the USA. But when he comes here we actually put weighted hammers on to weight it to about 55grams to make it heavier than normal. He needs his fingers strengthened in order to prepare for his concerts. These are his own comments which we found very interesting.
Now this one here if we put it on C we find it goes down even with 43.7grams
In the other
On exploration other notes also vary in down weight. But most are the same. It is now [through wear and refacing] a lighter piano. If you are an occasional player you might prefer or if you want to play lighter passages you might prefer to have a lighter action. Of
We have been working on the case, and also have replaced the keytop that was cracked here. It is a pretty good match. It is a Yamaha keytop which is hard to spot.
Lightening with lubrication
On the previous
Regarding using lubricant, do not use anything other than Protek. A very thin polymer lubricant. Manufacturers of actions advise technicians not to use too much Protek as the wood can swell.
If you have to loosen an action and do not have any Protek. First of
We strongly advise against using lubricants such as WD40 which gunk up the hinges. They will definitely damage it and in the long run cause it to cease up again.
If you haven’t got lubricant, take the whole thing off and work the action back and forward [and play a lot!]. If you work it with a little pressure, the hinge will free off. This is the long way to do the work. The lubricant used sparingly is important. [We also lubricate the center rail here with talc:]
Talc is a good lubricant, non-damaging and can be used on rollers aswell.
Evening out the hammers
There are some marks on the hammer. Looking at the grooves it looks like the left string is hitting the string earlier. The left-hand grooves are darker which means the copy paper was pressed in further. e.g. these hammers hits the strings for a longer period of time and
By refacing the hammer you will sense a major difference in tone, making it much cleaner. If you do reface, it is well worth marking the hammers after to make sure it has been refaced accurately.. See the video at 5:50 for the difference in tone.
The refaced hammer sounds clearer. Left string on the uneven hammer sounds louder than the right out and is clearer. This is because it is striking unevenly.
By refacing you can form the right shape and chisel away at unevenness.
Refacing towards the hit point. It takes quite a lot of thought to keep an eye on the shape whilst working the hammer, there is little going back! Taking the fluff off and smoothing the hammer out with a flat surface to compact the felt. [Holding 3 hammers makes it easier to stabilize the working hammer.]
The result is a much more harmonic sound. We can do this to all the dull sound in hammers or uneven ones. Being careful to select the worst ones first. In addition being careful to not make them too bright.
After re-facing the hammer the strings are hit evenly by the even hammer head.
The action is very light and easy to play but not too light. We will have to even out some of the
We hope this helps give a general overview of some ways to change the touch and tone of
This Yamaha grand piano has been played for about 30 years or more. It has a good treble and bass. We will also turn the bass strings to get a good tone out of them.
It is not uncommon to have a light touch on a piano as some people may prefer this but we will be making a decision as to whether to make it heavier depending on the preference of our clients.
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