Holding down the sostenuto pedal
Posted 25 June 2020 - 09:35
Similar to Hildegard's suggestion - I folded a couple of J cloths over and over into a flat sausage shape and wedged the pedal down. It works, pedal stayed down. But only a solution if it needs to be down for the whole piece ...
Posted 25 June 2020 - 10:44
It could be taught as an added skill for page-turners and stop pullers, "J cloth remover/replacer"
Posted 25 June 2020 - 16:35
Gosh, this takes me back Peter Dickinson was my music professor in the late 70s!
He's still going strong!
Posted 25 June 2020 - 22:29
In about 200 years' time, all pianos will be fitted routinely with a simple hitch-down device for the una corda pedal. The followers of Historically informed Performance will be carefully having their hitch-down things removed from "authentic" 21st C pianos, and will be sketching door-stoppers and assorted domestic cleaning cloths in the V&A, so as to reproduce exactly the effect of an una corda gradually squeezing its J-Cloth through the course of a performance, becoming an un-and-a-half corda by the end. There will be enormous arguments about how a J-cloth provides a different effect to a door-stop, and about the density of different grades of rubber.
Posted 26 June 2020 - 07:50
Hmmm, I had not considered this inherent design flaw of the J-cloth adapter.
Now I am envisaging a small sausage-shaped pressurised thingummybob, (now,now!) à la inflatable fabric structures method. PU coated canvas fabric needed. Please do not nick a sample out of your local bouncy castle. Attach to pressure pump (hissing sound effects included). Could perhaps have a variable pressure pump, at a flick of a switch you could get an infinite range of una-plus effects.
OH (engineer) suggested a hanging T-bar contraption that would be suspended between the two pedals, allowing them to be operated singly or together. Technical drawing available at a price!!
Posted 26 June 2020 - 07:56
Brilliant ideas! I'd only got as far as trying to use weight to hold it down, which didn't work, but forcing it down that way could be a goer! I will experiment!
Loving the idea of the authentic music performances, including the J cloth or door wedge ...