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We’d like to share with you a bit of the knowledge we’ve amassed about what makes a piano work well, and what makes a piano play well. Prepared with this information, we think you’ll find the piano that speaks directly to you.

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How a piano works

When a player’s finger strikes a key, it sets the key action (a series of levers connected to a felt hammer) in motion. The hammer strikes a metal string, or a combination of metal strings, which causes them to vibrate. These vibrations are transmitted from the strings to the soundboard through bass and treble bridges, and the soundboard converts the vibrations into what is known as piano tone. It also amplifies the notes so that they can be heard. There are over 12,000 specific parts in the typical piano, all of which must function with ease and accuracy to produce the music we love.

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