The touch of the piano can be improved by regulation. This is the process of resetting the piano’s internal moving parts to the manufacturer’s specifications. A well-regulated piano will have a good touch, and will play freely, smoothly, and evenly. If a piano is not regulated it will be difficult to play softly or repeat notes rapidly, and creates obstacles for the beginning student. A well-regulated piano is a joy to play because it is consistent and responsive to the demands of the pianist.
Most home pianos need to be regulated every 5 to 10 years. Performance or heavily used pianos need to be regulated more often. Signs that a piano needs regulation: