Continuing from the previous post, Maciej returned today with the newly shaped/filed hammers. Notice the point on each hammer now:

Hammers Filed

What a remarkable change this makes! The piano tone, while still gorgeous, is crisper and more responsive. I can’t believe the difference actually. As he explained it, the hammers had accumulated a layer of fuzz that prevented the instrument from realizing its potential. He is now working on the regulation of the keys, namely, key depth via puncher adjustment (like shims under the keys), as well as hammer response via “backcheck” and spring tightness. It’s a slow process from here on: each key will need attention, all 88 of them!

Three more sessions will follow this one. But as of today the piano is playable and, indeed, a much stronger instrument. I’m thrilled.

(Continue: Day Three)

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