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yamaha u3 (problem with balance on sound)

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Post by noahandgabrielsmum Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:18 am

Hi everyone.
I have just bought a yamaha u3 1976, and i am delighted with it as i have only been playing for about a year.
However , compaired to my old rud ibach, when i play , the sound below mid c seems really loud and crisp compared to the noteds over mid c , which i have to really hit to get the volume to match the balance.
I do appreciate that the mid lower notes hit as least three strings compared to single, higher up.
Two questions,
Firstly, am i playing to heavily with my left hand and need to play more firmly with my right or could this be a `fault` with the piano?
Secondly, could this be because i am left handed anyway, so that hand would be naturally stronger, and must concentrate on using it more lightly?

My biggest problem here is when i play Yirumas `Wait there`. and `kiss the rain` ,which you can find easily on you tube, has a very strong left hand part, but when i play ,just seems to completely over ride my right hand melody line, and sound very messy.
Any advice and help would be very welcome.
Thanks Neil

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Post by VictorCS Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:02 pm

It can be you playing too loud, or using the pedal alot while hitting the lower keys, but I doubt that.

I dont know how advanced or how many settings it got, but it could be some kind of settings to controll the lower/upper volume, if it has some sort of splitting ability. ( playing one sound with the lower keys, and another with the higher keys ).

Or it could be that it's old and from 1976? It's over a decade older then me ^_^
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Post by Pianoted Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:17 am

I'm no expert on pianos, but can't even very old pianos sound good, if their owners take good care of them? I've seen pianos from the nineteenth century advertised on a website here in Sweden.
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Post by Pianoted Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:12 pm

Found this video on YouTube of someone playing a Yamaha U3 1977 model and it sounds just great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JTVG5FzH5c

One of the related videos shows a man tuning a Yamaha U3. Is it possible your piano needs tuning? It's very convenient being able to tune one's own piano, saves a lot of money.

But this is why I prefer digital pianos; no need for tuning!

You can also post your question on pianoworld.com, always a lot of discussions going on there.
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Post by VictorCS Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:37 pm

Oh, I believed it was a digital. I should've done a little search. Could it be that the mechanism for the pedlas have gotten stuck. I dont know how it looks inside, but could it be that the soft pedal have gotten stuck? Not the pedal itself, but the thing softening the keys?
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