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George W.R. "Bill" Davis, RPT
The Piano Place GA
2315 Rocky Mountain Rd NE
Marietta GA 30066
I am highly skeptical about the idea of a twist in the wire being the "cause" of a false beat. I have heard this so many times that I decided to perform an "experiment" while restringing. My normal procedure induces at least a quarter turn twist in virtually every wire. I pull it off the reel and just string like in the factory.I decided I would string two notes (adjacent of course) paying strict attention to making sure they laid precisely the same as to curl, pre-bent the hitch to ensure this, pre-cut the length, wound the coils very carefully so they were identical and as parallel to the the plate as possible...etc etc. I did everything to ensure there was no twist and all was "the same".What do you think was the result on those two notes compared to ALL the notes around them? Yes, they actually sounded WORSE than all the notes around them. More false beats in those two notes than in virtually all the other notes in an otherwise very clean treble. Was it a fluke? I don't think so. I have also in the past taken a wire off the pin, twisted it 360° and put it back on...no change whatsoever. Even putting a splice in the speaking length (now THAT'S a twist) produces no false beat!The one experiment I have done that actually did improve things was to tune a piano to a much higher pitch level. 444hz cleaned up MANY weird and false sounds on a SS M. The piano sounded surprisingly cleaner and better. I thought that was rather interesting. When I brought it back down all the sounds that were there before came back as before. That piano has since been restrung and does not exhibit the falseness it used to have. (Incidentally, the old wire that came off that piano was exceedingly STRAIGHT showing virtually no coil effect...also interesting).So anyway, I do not believe that a slight twist in a wire will CAUSE a false beat. The source is elsewhere. Unless of course some one can PROVE otherwise. I will accept that a wire that has been pulled past it's elastic limit and deformed COULD produce a false beat (and one cannot tell by looking), however I have no proof to back that up. Nor am I terribly interested in experimenting to prove or disprove it. My .02Pwg------------------------------Peter GreyStratham NH603firstname.lastname@example.org