Here are some basic terms associating with piano that are frequently encountered. Read them through before making that enquiry visit. You should understand the salesperson better. 

Action
Any kind of mechanism used in instruments as a means of transmitting the motion of the fingers to the sound producing parts.

Dampers
A small pieces of wood mechanism that is covered with felt to terminate the vibration of the strings.

Hammers
When we strike a key, a hammer strikes the string, to vibrate and make sound.

Touch
The pressure of contact made when a finger strike a key.

Pedal
A device that is located at the foot of the piano. Some pianos have two pedals, while some have three.

Pinblock
Many layers (from three to thirty) of hardwood that holds the tuning pins which holds the strings. However, the number of layers doesn’t affect the quality of the instrument.

Resonance
The transmission of vibrations from a vibrating body to another body (two tuning forks of the same frequency with the same pitch)

Resonator
A hollow chamber that permits to serve to reinforce sounds by resonance.

Soundboard
The wooden surface over which the strings are stretched, which serves as a resonator. It is often referred to as the soul of the instrument.

Tone
A sound of definite pitch and duration, as distinct from noise. A beautiful tone on the piano means a beautiful sound.

Tuning
Adjustment of strings in the stringed instruments.

Tuning Pins
Made of steel and anchored into pinblock, tuning pins hold strings.

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