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On my old Steinway, the lowest key that doesn’t have a damper is the second-highest E. On a Bösendorfer I got to play recently, I noticed that the highest key without one was (I believe) the second-highest G. What note most commonly is the highest without a damper on major companies’ pianos?

  • Fair question! On a Yamaha harped piano I play it's D with no damper. Doesn't seem to be an industry standard. – Tim Aug 27 '19 at 19:07
  • I'm willing to bet the choice varies within a manufacturer as one goes from upright to baby grand to concert grand to really expensive top-shelf concert grand. – Carl Witthoft Aug 28 '19 at 12:48
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Steinway grands often cease damping at the same E as yours, because the harp's rightmost rib blocks where the E's damper would be. Many harped pianos (Baldwin, Kawai, Kimball) transition one note higher, at the F.

@Tim's comment is right, there's no industry standard. It's just convergent design, that as you go up in pitch, eventually dampers aren't worth the bother. A more precise enumeration could come from visiting some big piano showrooms and inspecting individual instruments, but it wouldn't affect many people's buying decisions.

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