Key & Action Performance
If you want your piano to play easily, let Randy regulate your action.
All pianos are equipped with approximately 5,000 parts behind or above the keys you see. These parts, called the "action" are what allow the keys to create music.
As new pianos begin to break-in within the first 5 years, you'll notice some changes happening to the way the keys play. Some notes may feel heavier while others may feel lighter, or you'll hear some notes sounding thinner/tinny/bright/brittle while others sound soft and warm. This is all expected as the most changes happen during this time.
Regulating these mechanical parts returns the joy back into your style of playing. You'll find the piano is more dynamic, which makes your playing more expressive.
The keys above on this piano have sunken down, not because of a build quality issue, but from normal wear and tear fro years of use. Uneven key heights can change how much leverage the remaining 60 parts behind the key can utilize to turn (what's left) into power.
These keys have now been "leveled". Even key heights not only means more consistency in key & action performance, but increased resale value.
When Is It Time To Regulate?
The #1 noticeable time to regulate is when you find your keys are difficult to play lightly, whether they feel heavy or non-responsive.
Useful Timeline For Regulation
2017 - New Piano Purchased!
2022 - Complete Regulation, Minor Regulation, or Concert Prep
2030 - Complete Regulation, Minor Regulation, or Concert Prep
2040 - Complete Regulation, Minor Regulation, or Concert Prep
2050 - Complete Regulation, Minor Regulation, or Concert Prep (new hammers or damper felts may be needed)
Cost To Regulate
Concert Prep $1,000.00 + tax
This takes the most crucial parts of the regulation adjustments and vastly improves the key & action performance in one day's worth of time. You'll find your keys are easier to play, the piano is more dynamic, and the tuning is right where you want it.
Minor Regulation $1,459.00 + tax verticals / $1,800 + tax grands
Though less common than the complete regulation, a few pianos can improve as well as those which are completely regulated just by omitting steps that are not necessarily needed.
Complete Regulation $2,000 + tax verticals / 2,500 + tax grands
The maximum way to improve your piano’s performance using the existing parts (and changing out a few necessary felts/leathers/pins).