What Is Regulation?
Regulation is the process by which a piano technician re-calibrates your piano’s mechanisms and parts. The action — which is the hammers, dampers, flanges, jacks, whippens and connected components — and the keyboard follow strict specifications to perform efficiently. Similar to servicing under the hood of a car, piano regulation returns this machine to performing at its best. This is of paramount importance to a pianist. Conditions vary between venues and so too does the amount of regulation periodically required. To account for this, we provide recommendations complementary with every tuning so that your keyboard sounds and feels its strongest.
How Often Do We Regulate?
Every tuning will see some regulation on your keyboard and action. Small adjustments can be made to avoid future issues. However, when a piano is heavily played (or never played at all) periodic adjustments will not be enough. Such specifications include key height, dip and spacing; hammer alignment, travel and blow distance; damper timing and alignment; and many, many more. A ‘domino’ relationship exists between all functions. In essence, the specification of all these parts must be correct since they each rely on one another to work smoothly. As such, we accommodate regulation as best we can up to the point where more major intervention is necessary.