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Duo-Art Soft Levels
By Peter Coggins

Hi,  Just thought I would add a bit to the discussion, its only IMHO

My Steck Duo-Art used to be too soft when the hammer rail came on --
it would just kill the music.  I even tried making its travel much
less, but to no avail.  Then I readjusted the stack level to the piano
action, adjusted the correct pneumatic lift and lost motion between
player and piano actions and this fixed it up beautifully.  Now the
hammer rail is back to half travel, and softens it by the correct
amount.  My Steck has no extra level adjustments when the soft pedal
comes on.

The other problems seem to be with the roll codings.  I set my Duo-Art
as per the 1927 manual and it played some rolls perfectly but others
drop notes.  I have now set it so the minimum will just play a small
chord on zero level with the hammer rail on, and this, while probably
not being exactly right, will play all the rolls without dropping
notes.  The softest rolls will just play the notes, which is what we
aim for.

I don't really understand why the test roll tells you to just be
able to play a chord on zero, and then you get a roll with the same
situation with the soft pedal on.

I also find that the old original rolls in general have better coding
than the newer ones.  Most of my rolls are classical, which do vary in
loudness a lot, and I find many of the newer "song" type rolls vary the
loudness unrealistically.

Peter Coggins

 [ It seems that the editors in the classical room (at all the com-
 [ panies) spent more time per song than the 'Pop' editors.  -- Robbie

(Message sent Sun 14 Dec 1997, 11:26:20 GMT, from time zone GMT+1100.)

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