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A lack of humidity can cause this. There is a test for dryness to do on a guitar. Run your hand down the neck, not touching the surface of the fret board but on the edge or side of the fret board. If you can feel the frets, your guitar is most likely needing to be humidified. The purpose of this test is to determine if the frets extend past the width of the ...


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It's quite likely to be the strings themselves. They are sacrificial, in that they need changing to retain that brightness. Try a new set of strings, and wipe them down after each session, and you will hopefully get the 'zing' back. 'Several months' is as long as a lot of strings hold their brilliance for. Some players change each week, or less.


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It will be a Russian guitar. The extra string is a B under the others.One of the original 7-stringers that are popular now! I was in Leningrad in the sixties, and bought one. £2.50 from memory (in roubles!). The action was, and still is awful. The strings needed to be lighter gauge, to stop the action being too bad.The truss rod is adjustable from the heel ...


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Fluctuations in the relative humidity and other environmental conditions in the room where the piano is located can result in movement of the wood components which can affect the tuning of the entire piano - not just one key (although some are affected more than others). Some movement of the wood is unavoidable and all pianos will go out of tune to one ...


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A single key getting out of tune with itself, where that keys' strings stop being perfectly in tune, is precisely what makes a piano sound bad (to my ear at least) and is certainly common since it would be weirder if all 3 strings on each key did go out of tune at exactly the same rate. You can easily tell by playing single keys, if any sound out of tune ...


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Someone I know carries Talcum Powder (I think this might be the same as baby powder?) as part of his electric guitar "kit bag" and is very fastidious about using it to keep his hands dry. So you might try that.


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I am a Registered Piano Technician with the Piano Technicians Guild. Pianos go out of tune during a move due to humidity differences and/or the different shape of the floor. The floor can slightly twist the piano which knocks it out. Now, let's be reasonable here. Was this piano tuned every four months? Are you going to keep tuning it every four months? ...


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I'd leave it for a week or so, as it's in a different environment - may be warmer, colder, more/less humid than its last home. Then get it tuned. You may have a nasty little surprise, especially if it's a wooden frame, when the tuner says he can't bring it back to concert pitch. Maybe he will over two or three tunings - maybe it doesn't matter to you, but if ...


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In the flat with the central heating, humidity may get very low if its cold outside. This is probably an attempt to prevent the wood of the instrument from over-drying. More safer and reliable seems to control the humidity inside the room. I would buy a simple cheap humidity indicator and some air humidifier. In comparison to the assumed price of acoustic ...


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You can use heat reflecting panels between radiator and piano to have some protection. This helps radiator to heat only the circulating air but not the surfaces it sees directly. Also place a bowl of water with a wide surface (for better evaporation) under the piano and over the radiator to increase humidity during heating season.


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A couple of feet is as close as you want to be. It depends also on how hot that rad gets, and how long it's on for daily. One of mine is about 3 feet away, but because it has an iron frame, it's not been a problem. Wooden framed pianos can get dehydrated causing all sorts of nasties.


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The sustain (damper) pedal on a studio piano pushes a rod which connects to the lever which connects to the dampers. This is adjustable with a screw, to allow the dampers to rest on the strings (apart from the top octave or so) with the correct pressure, when the pedal is at rest. It sounds like the dampers are not pressing enough. It won't be a feature, and ...


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You should consider a humidifier with a humidistat and automatic shut off. Just search for "humidifier for music room" and look for those with a humidistat that will maintain a preset humidity level. Should be able to get one for a small room for under $100.00 I can't think of any other reliable proven method of accomplishing your goal.


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One way to tell how bad your strings are getting is to lightly run your finger along the underside of the strings in the area where you do the most fretting. If you feel rust, grunge and/or flat spots above the frets (which become worse the more you play), it might be time to change your strings. My gigging guitar only gets played when I am performing at a ...


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I'm guessing it lives somewhere in England now, in a centrally heated house. Not too close to a rad or South facing window,I hope! If the frame is indeed wooden as opposed to iron, it will benefit from having a cup of water (or something with a larger surface area) in the bottom, as it will help to stop the wood drying out. This starts the pins on their way ...


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That might depend on where the piano was made [& how carefully], its intended market locale & whether it has subsequently been moved from that location. A good piano maker will season the wood it is to be made from in the country of the intended final destination so the entire seasoning is done in similar climatic conditions to those in which the ...


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A variable resistor ("potentiometer") may have its track broken at the point where the sound suddenly changes from "full off" to "full on". Any workshop with even basic electronic repair tools can determine this very easily. It is difficult to say for sure without seeing a wiring diagram but may be worth checking.


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My guess is that there isn't something that wrong with the knob, you just can't really hear the difference. 10% is a bit extreme though, maybe the capacitor/resistor combination needs changing. Does the guitar sound very bright with the tone on full or is it still 'underwatery'? (It is supposed to sound underwatery with the tone knob all the way down by the ...


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Well, "tone" is basically just a pot and a capacitor. Either can be broken, or there can be a mismatch to the pickup (if the pickup is not the original one). If "suddenly" is indeed a jump in tone quality at 10%, then the pot is likely broken, with the wiper losing contact with the track at this angle. You might or might not have success with pot spray. ...



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