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Duo-Art Soft-Playing and Missing Notes
By Craig Brougher

Philip Dayson mentioned the lost motion of upright Duo-Arts when the
soft pedal is on being responsible for missing notes.  This is also
true in the grand, of course.  Any piano with a hammer lift rail will
generate some lost motion between the stack strikers and the action.

But Duo-Art was agreeing with Philip 80 years ago, since they switched
on the #2 int. every time they operated the soft pedal, for the express
purpose of canceling out the lost motion effect.

I am also gratified that Philip has verified my findings in regard to
the throttling effect of Duo-Art valves at about .035.  Granted, suede
texture plays a big role in this measurement too, the heavier texture
requiring a bit more gap.  But the point I want to make is that you
can, without fancy test equipment like Phil uses, get the same relative
results I did with just your breath.

The human senses are absolutely amazing, when you come to think about
it!  The differences between a valve with and without a .0025" thick
paper under it is easily discerned!  Like everything else in pneumatic
reproducers -- maybe one reason they are so lifelike is because, like
ourselves, they too breathe air!  (chuckle)

Craig Brougher

(Message sent Thu 11 Dec 1997, 13:07:34 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

Key Words in Subject:  Duo-Art, Missing, Notes, Soft-Playing

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