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 Post subject: Should I get new strings?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:26 pm 
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I am quite satisfied with my piano (Steinway O 1916), but some say I would get a much richer sound if I got new strings. My tuner claims they are original and is kind of amazed that they still sound good. It does sound a bit different from other pianos, in particular the base is kind of, what should I say, dull? non-sonorous? which is not only a bad thing because I can hit as hard as I want and still not get a noisy sound. If I dont re-string I'll never know what I missed - but also always wonder what I missed. On the other hand playing an instrument in original condition that Debussy could have played is kind of cool.

To those here who have had the pianos re-strung: Do you feel it was worth it? Did the sound become drastically different? How long and how many tunings did it take for the strings to settle?

Joachim


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 Post subject: Re: Should I get new strings?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:52 am 
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My grand is from about the same era as yours and I was advised to re-string it as the strings had rather a tired sound and got out of tune too quickly.
It has indeed made a lot of difference, the sound is much clearer and richer as was confirmed by several people here. It's now 3 years ago and I think they have stabilized at last - though it seems like the tuning is just as fickle as it always was. Which peeves me as part of the objective was for them not to go out of tune so soon. Maybe it will need even more time to achieve that.

If you decide to go for it, keep us posted !

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 Post subject: Re: Should I get new strings?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:00 pm 
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Sounds like the strings' age is affecting the sound and affecting the way you play, so it's probably time.

FYI new strings have a long period in which they go flat MORE quickly than the old ones did. Has something to do with the tensile properties of the metal (that's all I know). It happens with guitar strings as well. My piano had two new strings put on in Nov. 2011 and only now are they starting to keep tune as well as the rest of the piano.


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