Group 1 2012 Gate 4

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Blabbity blab blab we put the piano back together an' shit.


Project Management

Cause for Corrective Action

The decision to decentralize the work involved in completing Gate 3 by assigning each group member a specific task and having no group meetings proved to be highly effective in minimizing the total amount of time spent on the project while still providing an acceptable degree of quality. Given the fractured and busied nature of everyone in the group's schedule during this project gate, we will continue to use this method to complete Gate 4.

Product Explanation

Product Reassembly

In the end we need to answer these: How difficult is each step? How can you define a meaningful scale to rate the difficulty? How was the product originally assembled (by hand, robot, etc.)? Is the assembly the same as the disassembly?

# Step Description Tool Used Difficulty Rating Image
1 Put sustain pedal bar in None 1 2012 Group 1 Picture 33.jpeg
Place the sustain bar axles into their respective hinges, and temporarily remove the mutes covering the screw holes before attaching.
2 Rescrew the hinges of the sustain pedal bar Screwdriver 2
Realign the hinges over the screw holes and tighten screws to fasten down the sustain bar.
3 Rescrew the mutes above the hinges of the sustain pedal bar Screwdriver 4 2012 Group 1 Picture 32.jpeg
Reattach the temporarily removed mutes over the hinge holes to complete the mute assembly.
4 Rescrew the iron bracket back on to the end of the action Screwdriver 2 2012 Group 1 Picture 30.jpeg
First, make sure that the felt pads are around the holes, then screw on the iron bracket to the action frame.
5 Replace spring bar Screwdriver 7 2012 Group 1 Picture 29.jpeg
Slide the spring bar back in between the hammer and mute assemblies, then mount it to the rest of the action via the four screws. After attaching the spring bar, carefully realign the springs into their respective slots on the base of each hammer, and be sure not to cross any.
6 Replace the una corda pedal bar None 2 2012 Group 1 Picture 30.jpeg
Before screwing on the hinges to the una corda pedal bar, ensure that the axes are correctly seated to that they will fit into the cutouts in the action. Then proceed with inserting the screws through the holes in the hinges and tightening them down.
7 Replace removed mute Screwdriver 1 2012 Group 1 Picture 35.jpeg
With the mute pivot at an angle, fasten it to the mute assembly with the swivel screw, then turn it into place, ensuring it connects with the mutes and lines up with the respective holes.
8 Reattach hammer Screwdriver 1 2012 Group 1 Picture 37.jpeg
Replace removed hammer assembly
9 Reattach pull-rod to associated lever. Screwdriver 1 2012 Group 1 Picture 35.jpeg
Reattach the pull rod and lever to the action frame, then reconnect it to the respective hammer using the leather strap.
10 Place back in action bracket and rescrew it. Screwdriver 5 2012 Group 1 Picture 8.jpeg
Replace the action by lining up the action brackets with the threaded holes in the piano frame and replace each screw. Note that there are four holes, and that the action may take some maneuvering/forcing to be properly repositioned inside the piano.
11 Replace key pin board None 3 2012 Group 1 Picture 23.jpeg
Place the key pin board into the front of the piano frame and reinsert the screws down its length, and secure it to the frame. Note that before the key pin board can be reattached, all of the pull rods from the action must be pointing up instead of hanging down. We used the horizontal bar that secures the keys to lift up all the pull rods at once.
12 Replace keys None 15 2012 Group 1 Picture 13.jpeg
Ensuring the correct order, put the keys onto the right pins, and ensure that they pivot easily. Note that we simultaneously replaced each key and attached its pull rod. 2012 Group 1 Picture 17.jpeg
13 Replace the steel pull-rods on the key-levers None 2012 Group 1 Picture 9cropped.jpeg
Reattach the correct pull rods with their respective key on the key pin board. Take care to ensure each pull rod is connected to its correct key. They can cross, and this will disrupt playing.
14 Replace pedal hinges and put axle back on to pedal Screwdriver 5 2012 Group 1 Picture 21.jpeg
Put the pedal axle through the pedals and the pedal hinges before screwing them into the floor of the piano frame.
15 Reattach pedal levers to piano floor Screwdriver 2 2012 Group 1 Picture 38.jpeg
Line up the pedal levers with the holes in the piano frame floor then screw them back into place.
16 Replace pedal dowels None 1 2012 Group 1 Picture 19.jpeg
Simply attach the pedal dowels to the pedal levers using the metal pin protruding from the end and place the tops under the mute and una corda bars.
17 Reconnect pedal levers to pedals None 3 2012 Group 1 Picture 20.jpeg
Reattach the pedal levers to the pedals using the nuts and threaded rods.Be sure to test the una corda pedal and make sure it does not completely stifle the piano.
18 Replace the horizontal bar on top of keys Screwdriver 1 2012 Group 1 Picture 6.jpeg
This bar holds the keys in place, so ensure it is tightened down so that they stay in place, but are still able to pivot smoothly.
19 Replace keyboard cover Screwdriver 2 2012 Group 1 Picture 5.jpeg
Reattach the keyboard cover to the sliding hinges via screws.
20 Replace horizontal bar on top of sliding keyboard cover Screwdriver 1 2012 Group 1 Picture 4.jpeg
Reattach the bar by using the respective screws and ensure that the sliding cover can rest upon it.
21 Replace bottom baseboard None 1 2012 Group 1 Picture 1.jpeg
Simply place the baseboard into the front of the piano and twist the latch to lock it closed.
22 Replace top hatch Screwdriver 2 2012 Group 1 Picture 3.jpeg
First, screw on the hinges attaching the top hatch to the rest of the piano frame and close the hatch.


The majority of motion in a piano relies on interconnected levers to transmit energy or control to the strings. However, the initially simple motions of each individual part interact to create a very controllable set of movements necessary for piano playing. In the action and elsewhere, there are push rods and pull rods that effectively create our-bar mechanisms.

Hammer Movement

  • Modified four-bar linkage
  • The slow, short range-of-motion movement of keys translates to fast, wider-angle movement of the hammer. Then the linkage collapses and allows the hammer to retract.
  • The key is connected to a central lever in the action. The lever has a push rod that acts as a couple to the hammer bar. The hammer bar is also a lever that amplifies motion. The push bar falls out of place at the top of the key's motion and allows the hammer to return under gravity.
  • Fuck math. I'll get that in a bit …

For the four-bar linkage to model the hammer movement, the contact point between the top of the push rod and the hammer body must be idealized as an axle pivot.

"Your group must identify one or more mechanisms that your device uses to generate specific motion, control system behavior, modify/condition energy, etc"

They say we only need one. I don't believe them.

First Mechanism

  • Technical Name
  • Purpose
  • "how the mechanism works"
  • Equations governing the design of the mechanism

Design Revisions

Based on our analysis of the piano so far, and our understanding of the GSEE factors, three different revisions to the traditional piano could be made that would modify its design on the system level. These revisions would address issues that we identified.

First Revision

One of the issues with the piano is that it is too large and heavy. This limits its mobility, as well as places where it can be used. A solution to this would to reduce the number of keys in the piano itself. By cutting the number of keys in half, this would greatly reduce the size of the piano and its overall weight. This would increase its overall mobility, and its smaller footprint would allow the piano to be placed in more locations. Taking note of societal factors, the keys that would be eliminated would be those at the two extremes of the note range. This would make sure that the piano could still play a large number of piano compositions, that hover around the notes near middle C.

Second Revision

A second solution could also address the issue of the size, weight, and mobility of a traditional piano. Most of the current piano's size and weight come from the soundboard. With enough experimentation and research, the soundboard could be modified so that the same sounds could be produced, while changing the strings length, orientation, and tension. By doing this, the overall structure of the piano could be much smaller and significantly lighter. This could be beneficial to the consumer from an economic standpoint, since less material would be needed to make it so the price would go down. This also would take note of global factors, as the piano could now be moved around much easier and be played in places that it could not be done before.

Third Revision

Another issue with the full size piano, is that it is difficult for children and people with small hands to extend their fingers far enough to consistently play certain chords. The solution for this would be to integrate auxiliary keys to the original piano set up, that would hit the notes of the chord with a single depressed key. This takes into account societal factors by increasing the number of people that can learn to play the piano, even before their have grown to the ideal playing size, or if they never will.