Regulation produces a smooth even feel when playing across the entire keyboard.
Because pianos are made up of many moving parts, regulation is an important aspect of piano maintenance. Regulation is the adjustment of all the mechanical, moving parts of the piano to exact specifications. Each note on a piano contains numerous points of adjustment.
Both vertical and grand pianos require adjustment at various intervals to render a piano responsive to a pianist’s touch.
The following symptoms indicate a piano is in need of regulation:
- The keys are not level.
- A key or series of keys travels further down in relationship to the others.
- A key that is struck hard delivers a weak sound or uneven tone.
- Keys that stick or do not return properly.
Regulation produces a smooth even feel when playing across the entire keyboard. A well-regulated piano is an instrument that is responsive to the slightest touch of the pianist, and is a pleasure to play. I would be more than happy to regulate a few notes on your piano to illustrate the benefits of proper regulation.