Six Reasons We Bought a Regulation Station:
1. Accuracy: Once the proper measurements are taken and the RS is set up for a piano, you can rely on it to create a regulation that will be as close as you can measure.
2. Educational: Our apprentice gained an understanding of the various functions and adjustments in a grand action much more quickly because he was able to see them in the context of a complete action regulation rather than a single model. After more than thirty years each, we learned some things too!
3. Ergonomic: Out of the “cave” into the light; it’s a cure for aching muscles and vision. Unlike a grand piano, the RS can be set up at heights that suit the technician. The tiresome in and out of the action in a typical regulation is reduced dramatically; once the RS is set up, the only piano work left in the “cave” is the damper system.
4. Practical: Set up the RS at the piano, pickup actions, recondition and/or rebuild in shop, regulate in shop, return to piano. We always schedule a followup call to check after the action has settled in and acclimated but it’s usually minimal changes.
5. Rebuilding: Having the measurements from the piano, you can install new parts without having the piano present with confidence that they will work in the piano. It is expensive and inconvenient to bring a piano in just for action work
6. Troubleshooting: The ability to view the action from almost any angle with an accurate string target enables sophisticated troubleshooting. Being able to play the action outside of the piano enables quick diagnosis of problems that are hard to detect in the “cave”. Now you can feel and see the problem.