Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Piano: How to open an upright piano

The piano is a musical instrument which is played by means of a keyboard. Widely used in Western music for solo performance, ensemble use, chamber music, and accompaniment, the piano is also very popular as an aid to composing and rehearsal.
This article will show you how to open an upright/studio/vertical piano, to give access to the hammer action mechanism, keys and the strings for repair/maintanence purposes.

Although the piano body construction may change from one manufacturer to another, all upright/studio pianos have 3 basic covers that should be removed before attempting any repairs.

Parts of Piano

In the picture, No.1 is the top cover which can be kept open during playing, so to increase the sound of the piano by letting the sound escape.

No.2 is the front cover that hides the hammer action mechanism. Most upright pianos will have this part in 2 separate pieces, the upper one covering the mechanism, and the lower one covering the keys.

No.3 is the bottom cover, which protects the pedal mechanisms and also gives access to the lower part of the soundboard.

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