BW77 Posted November 14, 2016 Share Posted November 14, 2016 However, the mass of fingers is quite large, and the pad can close only as fast as the finger can be removed. Higher spring tension acts as an assist to your muscles in lifting your fingers. This is an interesting matter. The conclusion above I think holds as long as the contact between finger and button is kept but as soon as the contact is gone there can be no assist from the spring force. When playing staccato with as quick pressing down and as quick lifting up by the finger as possible the contact phase while lifting likely is so short that the assumed assist from spring force probably can be disregarded. Dana said earlier ( #30) : " I don't agree with someone's earlier statement that lightness equates with speed. I have had a couple nice Jeffries. One set at around 40 grams and the other around 60. It was easier to get nice crisp ornaments on he latter because the extra tension assisted me in getting my fingers up quickly" So...when doing these "crisp ornaments" according to the above I wonder if it is the said "spring assist" that makes the difference. I rather believe that the higher spring tension makes the key return and the pad closure faster and thus facilitate the staccato and "crispness". A stronger spring will also reduce the relative influence by friction from the end plate passage. Consequently the higher key pressure the faster/crisper you can play on condition that you are strong enough to manage... Back to my other question which is slightly off the topic...is there a noticeable difference in practise ( as well as in theory...) between push and pull regarding these spring force related playing conditions? I did start another general topic on the push/pull issue but no replies there yet... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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