The pedal and trapwork system of a grand piano is often ignored, overlooked, or given the with ‘wishful thinking’ approach. Often the issues are obvious to the pianist (like a squeak, a clunk, or a groan) but just as often the issues may not be noticed until made right (like excessive lost motion, excessive pedal travel, or loose pedals, etc.)
With just a little study you can see that the pedal system is one of the simpler and more straightforward mechanical systems we deal with as piano technicians. Climbing under the piano and getting back up is often the hardest part of diagnosing and fixing pedal issues – once you’ve figured them out, and built up your ‘encyclopedia of piano noises’. This can be a very satisfying aspect of the work and a nice niche for those looking to grow their business.
Making sure pedals are working smoothly and quietly can be a nice addition to a service call, and a pedal lyre & trapwork rebuild can help take your customer’s experience of your action rebuilding or reconditioning to the next level. We will talk about common issues we see in pedal lyres and trapwork, and discuss various methods from short term improvement to long term solutions that can help you to help your customer enjoy their piano more.