A grand piano is an amazing creation of human genius, a complex and beautiful mechanism with the sound that touches human hearts. The instrument consists of more than 12,000 elements. Only a finely-tuned combination of all its components allows the pianist to convey the composer's artistic intent.
The sound is born with the touch of the keys, and from there it begins its journey. The grand piano keyboard has 88 keys, 52 white and 36 black ones, while the old-time instruments can have 85 keys. The keys, in turn, trigger the complex mechanics of the instrument. Unlike the piano, the mechanics of modern grand pianos have a double-repetition system, which allows a musician to produce a much richer sound.
The action mechanism takes energy from the player’s finger. When a musician presses down a key, this energy is transferred down the capstan at the other end of the key to the repetition block, and then, through the jack, lifts the hammer-shank roller towards the string. A hammer strikes a string, and the resulting sound is transmitted to the soundboard. It’s the soundboard that enhances and enriches the sound many times over.
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