Action Shift vs. Hammer Lift
By Ray Bauer
Several years ago, Bob Lemon and I debated the merits of hammer-rail
lift versus key-bed shift to soften or change the tonal expression on
a Duo-Art. Bob opted for the lift, I opted for a shift on a Steck
Duo-Art Grand. We ended up doing both. I could have it either way.
Later we had the same decision to make on a 6'6" Steinway Duo-Art.
On that one we opted for the hammer rail lift as it "seemed" to sound
The bottom line? I believe one's course of action hinges upon personal
preference. In my case there are two examples, where one piano sounds
better one way while the other is reversed. Go Figure...
[ I feel that it's because of the "unpredictable" effect of the keybed
[ shift; different pianos yield different volume suppression. So
[ you're quite correct about experimenting for the best result!
[ -- Robbie
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