The Good and the Not So Good

The Good and the Not So Good
By James Grebe

Many times I have been asked how to tell a fine piano from a mediocre piano. A piano should have relatively a uniform frequency response, i.e.; with the same downward pressure from the low to the high. Iit should have a uniform tone quality and volume on all notes. In other words, although tone quality should remain constant, a change in touch should yield a different tone color. It should be the pianist in charge of the tone, not the piano. In order for the piano to accomplish this it must have been designed carefully and in care in it’s assembly. This is what makes a piano a piano rather than a machine with wire in it.
When the sustain pedal is used it will not only sustain the tone but also cause a swelling of the volume level when the dampers are raised. When the dampers When the dampers are raised it should take on an ethereal quality that takes your breath away. When the pedal is released while holding a chord it should return to it’s purity in pitch definition again.
When the soft pedal is used there should be a definite difference in tone quality and volume level (luted). The difference will be subtle but noticeable.
When you have found all these qualities present , you have found “your” piano for your needs and you wil not want to let it go.

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