The piano at my home has three pedals, and the one at the right is brighter and shinier than the other two. What has happened? Is it normal?
Obviously a grand piano, with sostenuto in the middle. Since the damper pedal is the most used on just about every piano (practice pedal on some gets used a lot but will be locked down), it appears that this damper pedal is a replacement for the original, which may have been damaged in transit rather than 'worn out'.
It's not, unfortunately, a good match to the others, but I think we can rule out lots of use, as that would only cause part of the pedal to be different. We don't slide our sole over the whole pedal. As long as it works, it's not a problem - although adjustment on damper pedals on some grands can be a nightmare - balancing the no-damper position with the damper on position. If the piano is worth a fair bit, I'd be inclined to find a matching pedal.
Typical reasons for a different appearance of the pedal:
- It has been replaced.
- It has been restored.
- It has worn differently - the damper pedal is used the most.
3 is ruled out by the uniformly different appearance including areas of the pedal that aren't in contact with the foot, leaving 1 or 2.
The other pedals are in a shocking way. Presumably this piano has suffered a long period of disuse.