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Duo-Art Soft Pedal Methods
By Craig Brougher

Don Teach asked about the shifters on some Duo-Arts (actually both
Webers and Steinways had them).

The key bed shifter was never to operate as a "soft pedal" in a
reproducer, because it can jam the strikers by sliding the action over
against them!  So there was one purpose of the shifter -- that was to
initially set the player to its "Soft" mode.  It works pretty well when
regulated correctly, that being, it gives such a piano a wider soft
play latitude without requiring the regular hammer rail lift to be on
all of the time.

When the D/A is on soft play, the soft pallet closes the modulator
bypass pouch and operates the accomp #2 accordion and the hammer rail
soft pedal.  That setting then eliminates further soft pedal action by
a roll.  So with the shifter working instead of the hammer rail lift,
the soft pedal action is retained and you get more expression on "Soft"

Craig Brougher

(Message sent Thu 18 Feb 1999, 15:09:31 GMT, from time zone GMT-0600.)

Key Words in Subject:  Duo-Art, Methods, Pedal, Soft

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