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    Grand - August Foerester 170, 1996 manufacture. Regularly serviced by me, tunings twice a year, 2 day regulation a couple of years ago, original hammers, heavily played, hammers to be replaced next time shaping is required, if not before, Renner hammers ...

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    Also, HOW MUCH was put on each bridge pin? Surely that will affect whether it wants to glue the wire to the bridge top? ------------------------------ Susan Kline Philomath, Oregon ------------------------------

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    Also, was the bottle of CA glue freshly opened or had it been used before? ------------------------------ Peter Stevenson RPT P.S. Piano Service Prince George BC 250-562-5358 ps@pspianos.com ------------------------------

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    Mark, Since I'm having some difficulty following this, please answer the following as simply as you can: Assuming that an F3-A4 segment is "perfectly" tuned, exactly which m3's and M3's are going to beat equally? This will help me place what you are ...

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    Jim and Fred- It might help to get comparative details from you both. What brand and conditions of pianos?  Vertical or grand? What kind of coating on the bridge tops? Brand of CA and method of application? Thanks! ------------------------------ Ed Sutton ...

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    Fred, Have you done full compass CA jobs, or single/several note applications, or both? ------------------------------ Jim Ialeggio grandpianosolutions.com Shirley, MA 978 425-9026 ------------------------------

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    I use Pitchlab to tune harpsichords first pass, and it makes them sound fine (first partial of each note, tuned to zero). I agree that a wee bit of stretch is a good idea - just use the ETD to find out how much, as in reading the upper partials of a lower ...

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    It is always interesting to read other experiences that are sharply at odds with one's own. FWIW, I have CA'd bridge pins with strings in place many, many times. Have not yet experienced any tone dulling phenomenon. ------------------------------ Fred ...

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    Yes. Mark Purney offers decals in authentic fonts. http://supply88.com/products-from-supply88/serial-number-duplication-stencils-for-rebuilders/ ------Original Message------ I believe Mark Purney offers this ------------------------------ ...

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    Oh! This may be a new term to describe some upright pianos. After all some folks think an upright piano can look like the one pictured below...  Or maybe Stevie Wonder sang it the best. Baby, ev'rything is all right, uptight, out of sight.  Thanks ...

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    I have come to appreciate leverage and high quality tips.  I now use the 17" Fujan and the Levitan "C" hammers.  I carry along my 40 year old Ford Ball end hammer for tight area A0's.  The Levitan comes with a really bad tip, so I changed the tip.  I ...

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    As I have posted to this list previously, at our shop we have tuning levers made by all of the high-end manufacturers. People's individual favorites run the gamut, from Levitan's Classic (and some currently trying out his "Professional," the C-shaped ...

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    Hoping this lands in the right place. I am just beginning tuning, and working with Mark. I have to say he is an excellent teacher and explains things extremely clearly. For my learning style, he uses all the right words, analogies, examples, etc. to explain ...

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    I use the Fujan, and with an extension it's 17" long. My advice would be to definately go with carbon fiber. The Fujan, in my opinion, is the real deal, but there are other carbon fiber hammers liike the Faulk that I'm sure are nice too. ------------------------------ ...

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    Jim, That looks pretty cool. Very interested in your results! Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ------------------------------

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    Benjamin,  I used the standard extension hammer for many years. Looked into the Fujan a few years ago...procrastinated buying it...borrowed one from a colleague for a month...finally bought my own 6 months ago. Its one of the best tool decisions I ever ...

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    Woodlandscenics.com They specialize in model trains. But they have a great selection and sizes of dry transfer decals of small numbers and letters. -chris #caveman ------Original Message------ Has anyone found a laser paper to make ...

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    Hi Will, Thanks. I have tried that paper, but like you say, you get the backing with it. I'm onto another trick, and will report.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlGjCGDdmMg She's using overhead transparency film as the transfer sheet to get letters ...

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    The September Journal in the on line Journal library now has the corrected p.17. so you can read the Larry Crabb article in its entirety. This can be a very good beginner's temperament article, so it's good to have it complete in right order. http://my.ptg.org/viewdocument/ptg-2017-09?CommunityKey=7207b7a3-572f-4e55-8469-ebe01384719b&tab=librarydocuments ...

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    Hi Jim: I have used Decalpaper.com's clear laser rub on trasfer paper decals.   http://www.decalpaper.com/product-p/l875c.htm   I st art by going into your word processor and working up the decal that you want to have with the font size and ...

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    Hello All, Recounting from my last chapter meeting and John Parham's Editorial Perspective, what are your thoughts as to the PTG making videos for YouTube? True enough, having a video of a certain job that I'm unfamiliar with has been a blessing. But, ...

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    I believe Mark Purney offers this ------------------------------ Larry Messerly, RPT Bringing Harmony to Homes www.lacrossepianotuning.com ljmesserly@gmail.com 928-899-7292 ------------------------------

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    Some years ago I was able to buy rub on letter and number sheets from Michael's Arts and Crafts. ------------------------------ Ed Sutton ed440@me.com (980) 254-7413 ------------------------------

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    Has anyone found a laser paper to make custom transfer plate serial# decals and string gauge decals.  I know I can get a custom number from Decals Unlimited, but there has to be a less expensive way to do this simple task. ------------------------------ ...

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    Here's another signature for you. Off of a Steinway S 288xxx. Haven't looked up the year yet.  Now armed with my fully developed software  I have the capability of comparative analysis of rib scales from the same model in my ever growing database.  Safe ...

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    I've been through a number of levers. The experimentation was driven by two main parameters...ie, it had to suite my body's innate proprioceptive hardware, and it had to allow me, given my weedy build, with poor muscle tone in the torso, to apply adequate ...

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    What separates the lesser from the better is a rigid connection between head and shaft, and also a stiff shaft with minimal flex. Lots of great levers available.  I started with a Hale extension lever, then went to a Jahn extension lever, then went to ...

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    It has an interesting balance rail ------------------------------ Regards, Jon Page ------------------------------

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    If you do opt to open up the hole through the keybed, a twist/spiral drill bit (albeit a bit pricey) has the added advantages of being self-centering and able to provide an indexing mark on the bottom of the tray for locating the hole to receive the pin ...

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    What I got out of this tragedy avoided story, is the bad idea of experimenting on a customer's piano. IMHO, before offering a procedure as part as one's services, it should be worked out (along with any potential problems) in advance. On the second part ...

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    Saw this ad on CL. Got a laugh regarding the typo! -chris ------------------------------ I have a piano in my Nuclear Fallout Shelter, and my competitors don't. How silly is that? chernobieffpiano.com 865-986-7720 ------------------------------

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    It's almost always the pitman.  It wants to travel in an arc (lever thing) but it goes straight through the key bed.  You can open the hole and install a new pitman that is pinned on the ends.  Drill a small receiving hole (1/8') in the bottom of the ...

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    If it does not have Schimmel cast into the plate, I doubt it is a Schimmel from Germany. It could be as Asian knock-off. $200.- ------------------------------ Jurgen Goering ------------------------------

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    Hi Larry, If my research is correct, it would indicate that the more an examinee is used to their lever, the more likely they are to pass, regardless of what type their lever is. Of course, the lever has to be of some quality, as I've never heard of ...

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    It would probably only be anecdotal but which levers used are more successful at passing the tuning exam. ------------------------------ Larry Messerly, RPT Bringing Harmony to Homes www.lacrossepianotuning.com ljmesserly@gmail.com 928-899-7292 ------------------------------

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    Hello all,  I plan on getting back to my research on tuning hammers soon, and was wondering if you knew of any articles that have appeared in the Journal over the years.  Thanks, ------------------------------ Benjamin Sanchez Professional Piano Services ...

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    The need of the tray spring is relative to the varying geometry of Steinway damper systems. Sometimes they are not needed. The spring on the trapwork lever and the weight of the damper system may be sufficient. I don't know of another piano that has a ...

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    Might it be possible to make a weaker coil spring from piano wire? ------------------------------ Susan Kline Philomath, Oregon ------------------------------

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    James, Several years ago a pianist complained of difficulty with the strength of the sustain pedal on a Steinway M. Most RPT’s suggested not to remove spring. I removed it anyway and she’s been happy several years. It’s your call. Sent from ...

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    Concerning the coil spring at the end of the tray: This will tend to twist the tray. Steinway later moved it to the middle, above the pitman. If the system is working satisfactorily without the spring, best to leave it out. I have had customers with foot ...

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    James, I make a replacement pitman for those Steinways with the bushed hole in the keybed. This replacement is a small diameter brass pitman with predrilled holes at each end and 2 end-pins. The small diameter negates the need to remove or re-bush ...

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    Good discussion! Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ------------------------------

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    James, I recently had a similar (not exactly the same but close) problem on a 1897 Steinway A I am rebuilding. I finally traced it to the pedal rod guide rail bushing. Of course I had rebushed it, yet due to the slight angle that the sustain rod takes ...

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    Place your foot on the pedal box and press. That might be the moaning noise of an insecure fascination <g> or the prop stick rubbing in their slots. The pitman, although loose, might be rubbing on the wood since it is bounds between two ends and pressed ...

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    Interesting responses but since the piano was a recent rebuild I do not see dropping the lyre opening the pedal box etc as the best plan. The groaning is coming from in the cavity and of course sound seems to amplify . I need to dig out the how to article ...

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    "Karl, from your comments, you must have traversed this landscape too…no?" Aye captain. More times and in more ways than a smarter person would have. ------------------------------ Karl Roeder Pompano Beach FL ------------------------------

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    I find one of the biggest pitfalls in these noise-related repairs is the tendency to leap to conclusions as to where the noise is coming from.  I'm impatient by nature and my first inclination is invariably the "greatest hits" approach: line up all the ...

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    James, This is a pretty typical issue with this model. The pitman does not travel plumb through the hole, but rather in an arc that bears unevenly in it's travel. What I have seen that works best is to enlarge the hole so the pitman completely clears ...

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    Hi James I would sell them a pedal lyre rebuild, replacing all leathers and felts, Teflon bushings in the pedal box, etc, maybe polishing hardware, etc. But here’s the part you’re asking about: Tools: drill, drill bits, forstner bits, hole saw, ...

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    Excellent and astute comments...and on the mark. <who wanted to do the repair in the first place?  Complicated...Since I have been able to create for her what others had not been able to create, this client basically requests my input, opinion, ...