Action Regulation
Does My Piano Really Need It?

Action regulation adjusts and aligns the thousands of moving action parts within your piano, which compensates for its normal use, wear, aging, the rise and fall of surrounding humidity levels, among other factors. This maintenance process can result in several benefits to the pianist, and the piano.

Piano action regulation (1) eliminates “lost motion” when a piano key is pressed. Parts become compressed and worn down with use, every time a pianist plays the keys. Compression of action parts are made up of materials such as felt (wool), leather, and other cloth designed to minimize noise and to protect the piano's action and keys.

Regulating a piano (2) evens out the "touch response" of every key across the keyboard, and (3) adjusts the speed of repetition. 

Action regulation (4) maximizes the power and control of each note within the piano, allowing each pianist the freedom of individual musical dynamic expression, and control of the piano's keyboard.

(5) The keyboard's height and (6) the level of depth each key is depressed, is adjusted, allowing for the optimal touch response, and preference, of each pianist (e.g. 'shallow' key dip vs. a 'deep' key dip).

A well regulated piano plays, feels, and responds much more readily, evenly, and with greater sensitivity than a piano that has not been regulated in several years time, under normal use.

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How Much Time Is Required to Perform a Full Action Regulation?

Comparable to a smooth running car, piano action regulation maintains your piano’s moving parts at their best. Most upright pianos can be regulated in as little as a few hours, or longer, whereas grand pianos can require up to 6 to 10 hours to regulate, or longer. The total time of this procedure depends mostly upon the (1) skill level and experience of the piano technician performing the regulation, the (2) condition and quality of the piano action, and/or its (3) past use, wear, and the time in between its previous servicing, of being regulated. 

Many well built Steinway & Sons pianos, concert or otherwise, can oftentimes require a couple of weeks to perfectly and finely regulate in their entirety.

Action regulation is a critical step in your piano's maintenance plan. In fact, the voice and tone of your piano cannot be successfully modified (known as "voicing" or "tone regulation") until a piano's action has been properly regulated to factory specifications.

You will find your piano much more enjoyable to play - from increased responsiveness, to evenness of touch, to the smooth acceleration of each key at your finger tips, when regulated. Greater peace of mind, clarity, and satisfaction results when you know your piano is performing at its very best.

Every piano needs to be regulated, from years and decades of use. As much as a piano requires scheduled tunings to be fully enjoyed and appreciated, contact us today for a Free Quote and to schedule your piano's action regulation appointment.

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