Hall of Shame #2

Destroying new Steinway hammers

This may be a little hard to see, but check out this hammer in a Steinway concert grand. These hammers are less than 5 years old, and someone has mangled them by filing them. Instead of the surface of the hammer being perpendicular to its sides, this goes “downhill” from left to right. This puts stress on the flange and pin and could ruin the bushing or break the shank or flange. Not only that, but since one side of the hammer hits before the other, it doesn’t sound right, in fact this set of hammers has been so badly abused that the whole piano sounds awful. Needless to say, the owners of this piano paid a large sum of money to have this work done, poorly! Shame!!

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