"Black Keys" higher than "White Keys" on M48
Hey my fellow vibraphonists, I am wondering if anyone has had this problem before:
The damper bar on my Musser M-48 dampens the white keys sooner than the black keys when I use it. The result is an uneven feel, which presents more difficulty trying to play the instrument to make the subtleties stand out. (i.e. dampening, expression etc.) I have tried placing pennies under the two cross- planks that hold the white keys, but have found that this makes things more uneven horizontally (mid-range keys will dampen sooner than high and low ends).
Does anyone have a recommendation or a solution for this? It's a problem I have ignored for the last year or so, and after playing instruments that have an even damper mechanism, I have realized that my technique and sound are being harmed by not having a properly functioning instrument. For being such a "professional model" instrument, You would think that they would be made more reliably!
I'm all ears, so any thing you have to add would be much appreciated! -Dan