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I’m new to the site!

I just got a new piano and realised that when I play with the sustain pedal down, I can feel a “kink” when pressing the keys before the keys actually go down. Without the sustain pedal, the action is smooth.

Called the technician but would like some inputs so I know what to look out for during the tuning/regulation session. Any help is appreciated! Thanks

This isn’t my first piano so I don’t think this experience is normal but I am no expert so I could be wrong.


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upright or grand?

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I read your previous posts and I'm 90% sure you're just talking about escapement, it is normal and it has to be that way for action to work properly. Usually it's not very noticeable in upright but it may be depending on particular piano and regulation. On grands it usually is very noticeable, you play on grands? Only weird thing is that you don't feel it without sustain pedal because it is still there.

I also have a slight suspicion that your new piano is just loud and not voiced and when you try to play softly you can't because the escapement stops you, if the piano itself was quieter and had a softer tone (which can be done by voicing the hammers) you wouldn't have to play so lightly to get a pianissimo sound and you wouldn't feel the escapement because of that.

It most likely can be regulated so that escapement is less pronounced, but that's not necessarily the main problem here.

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If it's at the start of the keypress I don't think it's going to be escapement, that would happen towards the end of keypress.
Do you have a third pedal? If it's out of adjustment this can foul the action when the sustain is down.
You could try holding down some keys and press sustain and middle peddle then see if you can still feel it.

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We'll see what OP will say, but to be clear escapement is of course at the end of key travel about 80% depressed, if it's higher it's not escapement and something IS wrong with the piano.

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Could the damper pedal somehow be catching part of the soft pedal mechanism? Lost motion would be felt immediately, but I wouldn't describe it as a "kink".

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Halo everyone! Your inputs helped me better ask the technician. The technician came today and it is a damp pedal alignment issue. He made some adjustments and it's all good now.

I got the action back. Yay!


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Originally Posted by CoffeeTea21
Halo everyone! Your inputs helped me better ask the technician. The technician came today and it is a damp pedal alignment issue. He made some adjustments and it's all good now.

I got the action back. Yay!
I am so pleased for you! So now you can enjoy your beautiful piano.
Remember though new pianos need more tunings, occasional touch up voicing and minor adjustments.


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