What is Regulation?

The powerful tone of the piano requires that the hammer be moving very fast when it strikes the string, and that it rebounds freely after the blow. The ability to play with speed and accuracy requires that the hammer be ready for another blow as soon as possible. Regulation is the process of adjusting the series of levers, known collectively as the piano action, that connect the hammers and the keys so that the pianist can play forcefully or delicately with a quick reliable response. With a well regulated action, the player moves closer to a sensation of immediate contact with the strings.

Requesting Regulation for Your Piano

As part of my full-service approach, I often do some adjustment of the piano action after I finish my tuning, as time permits. Similarly to voicing, the regulation can improve gradually with this approach, but a complete adjustment isn't possible. Depending on how far out of adjustment the action is, regulation can take anywhere from a couple of hours in the case of a touch-up, to a day, or even 2 days if the piano's damper system and key level need major adjustment.

If you feel that your piano is not as responsive as it might be, please mention this when you call to set up your appointment and we can discuss your concerns to get an idea of how much work may be required. From this point there are several options: an extra hour or two after tuning could address minor regulation issues; larger jobs would require a longer appointment and a detailed estimate. You may also be interested in the all-day service approach, which I describe under the tab "The '3 T's'."
Todd Loomis, RPT
(360) 631-9045

Servicing the greater Puget Sound area.

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