Stickney Piano Service, Missoula MT serving Missoula and surrounding areas.

Jeff Stickney
Piano Tuning & Service
(406) 542-2760
Serving Missoula and surrounding areas.

Key Bushing

Key bushing is a procedure that can be done as part of a regulation, reconditioning or rebuilding of a piano, but can also be done independent of any other procedure and greatly improve the touch or “feel” of the piano. 

A key bushing is the bearing surface between the wood of the key and the pin which guides the vertical movement of the key.  Most commonly it is felt glued inside the mortise or opening in the key where the pin is, although it may also be leather.  The felt or leather will compress and/or wear over time, causing the key to have excessive lateral movement or wobble as it moves up and down with playing.

This excess wobble in the key results in a loss of control and power as the key is played, and can contribute to a “sloppy” feel to the action.  Replacing the worn felt with new felt restores the touch of the piano to that new piano feel, giving the player more security and confidence in their playing.  I have had pianists comment that they thought the piano had been regulated, even though key bushing replacement is all that was done.

When the key bushings are replaced, other work is often done as well, such as: 

Check out the photo gallery for some before and after pictures of this work being done.

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