Prepare Well and Pay Attention

I have what might seem an odd first step suggestion for grand regulating: Pre-lift wire. This is a strategy to end up with no underlifted strings.

When a piano is newly strung, the steel wire, being stiff, takes rounded curves, not corners, as it passes bearing points. Each time the wire is pitch-raised it refreshes these curves a little, particularly at agraffes and Capo D’Astro bars. A conscientious technician will settle the wire and mate strings with hammers, a process well-known to us all. Touch hammer to unison strings, pluck the strings, and if any ring, lift the others with a stringing hook until all are equally muted.

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"Bowed Plate Syndrome" Balances and Consolidates Downbearing

I think, whether by serendipity or design, such a configuration between plate and soundboard maximizes stability, resistance to collapse, and sensitivity to energy transfer from the strings. The bearing meets the belly's opposing forces directly, consolidating and balancing resources, creating best resonance, power, and sustain. And best tuning stability.

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