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Offline perfect_pitch

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Damper that's stuck...
« on: July 17, 2015, 12:46:59 AM »
I'm sure we've all had it before, we go to play something and one of the notes dampers doesn't fall back upon the string again, leaving the note to ring until it decays.

I've just had a technician regulate my piano, however after leaving one of the Eb's above Middle C is now permanently leaving the damper stuck above the strings (and by permanent, I mean if I even just gently touch Eb - it sounds and the damper sticks).

Is there a quick solution to this, or at least a method to unstick it???


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Re: Damper that's stuck...
«Reply #1 on: July 17, 2015, 03:02:50 PM »
Yeah, if the damper moves but just not enough to reach the wire, you can fatten up the felt pad by poking it several times with a pick from the top.  Hold it by the sides against the wood as you do this so you don't knock pad off the glue. 
I had this happen when I removed the action of my console to retrieve a tuning tool I'd dropped in there. One note didn't quite damp. So rather than scrap the pad off and re-glue it, or bend the mount wire, I tried this safe alternative.  It worked, it has been three months since the repair. 

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Re: Damper that's stuck...
«Reply #2 on: July 18, 2015, 06:26:34 AM »
Hey Indianajo...

Thanks for the advice. My technician actually rang me and guided me through how to fix it. I'll keep that advice in mind. The good news is that I didn't have to lift the damper off the wire. The padding was starting to thread, and it was rubbing against the wire thus preventing it from fully dropping.