This week, I installed a Grand Piano Muffler in a new Cunningham Parlour Grand.
This is a unique product for grand pianos. Muffler rails are not an uncommon feature in upright pianos built by Yamaha or Kawai. They allow the player to lower a piece of felt between the hammers and the strings, reducing the volume of sound quite dramatically. They are perfect for apartments or homes to allow practicing any time of day without disturbing neighbors or sleeping children.
The Grand Piano Muffler was invented by Steven James and fills a real need for many pianists. It's a very clever system with custom made brass rails and a piece of felt that, when moved into position between hammer and string, reduces the volume of the piano over 80%. The system is custom made for each piano. It's simple to use and very effective. The Grand Piano Muffler works well with both the QRS PNOmation3 system and PianoDisc's player system.
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