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Bechstein, although a favourite on the concert stage, and a serious competitor to the other maker of quality pianos still active in Germany, did pursue an evolutionary dead-end with its coupling system. The little pieco of wood with the two screws in has a connecting link at the back, which connects the key to the action. The idea was to reduce friction. It may perhaps reduce friction, but it means the action cannot be separated from the keys, and the 'two-screw' adjustment is unstable. You'll see in a later photo how uneven the hammer-line is. Besides, the screws are weight. Each gram on the back side of the key is 5 grams at the playing end.

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