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    Way to go! 😏😁 Definitely food for thought. ------------------------------ "That Tuning Guy" Scott Kerns www.thattuningguy.com Tunic OnlyPure, TuneLab & Easy Piano Tuner user ------------------------------

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    👍 ------------------------------ "That Tuning Guy" Scott Kerns www.thattuningguy.com Tunic OnlyPure, TuneLab & Easy Piano Tuner user ------------------------------

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    Pedal click, only occurred when customer played with high heeled shoes. Repair was to ease the bushing and pack with Protek MLP-1 ------------------------------ Ed Sutton ed440@me.com (980) 254-7413 ------------------------------

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    Finally heard back, this is a known bug and it a high priority to get fixed. Thanks. ------------------------------ Clinton Sears Piano Technicians Guild Kansas City KS [913-276-5203] ------------------------------

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    I have drill bits made by Bolduc at .257 3 1/2" and 6" if it helps. Brooks LTD 800-326-2440 ------------------------------ Melanie Brooks Brooks, Ltd. Piano Products LLC Uncasville CT 860-848-6605 ------------------------------

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    Mine is set to no email. I don't find that page you show anywhere. Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ------------------------------

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    James, You say you don't want to "blow out your arm" by needling. I suggest you learn a different technique of hammer needling. Needle with the action on the bench, hammers well supported. Stand up, so that you can press the needles into the felt, using ...

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    I believe Fred has it, in the meantime could everyone please try and turn off a new setting and let me know? The setting is found under your account for "email preferences" and turning "social emails" to "no". If this does work, I am not a fan of how ...

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    I have also been getting Pianotech emails, but only on threads I had participated in, responses to my posts. I didn't get any of this thread by email (yet), for example. ------------------------------ Fred Sturm University of New Mexico fssturm@unm.edu ...

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    I am getting the same thing and it's beginning to bother me. Only on certain threads though, not all. Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ------------------------------

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    RE: Boston Specs

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    From Kent Webb at Steinway: I have confirmed with the engineers that the measurement on Boston pianos (specifications based on our design which are not necessarily shared with any Kawai pianos) is from the lower level of the key bed to the underside ...

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    wlfuller.com ------Original Message------ Posting for a colleague: Seeking source for custom drill bits. Specifically, fast spiral, high helix bits for drilling pinblocks.  More specifically, a size or sizes between an E (.250) and an F (.257). ...

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    Can you forward me what you received at clint@ptg.org?   Anytime anyone has any problems please reach out direct or feel free to post on the user forum group. Thanks. ------------------------------ Clinton Sears Piano Technicians Guild Kansas City KS ...

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    Moi Aussi ! Quel Dommage! ------------------------------ Karl Roeder Pompano Beach FL ------------------------------

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    why is HL sending me emails of all pianotech posts, even though my settings clearly has "no emails" showing? ------------------------------ Jim Ialeggio grandpianosolutions.com Shirley, MA 978 425-9026 ------------------------------

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    Ruth  That's a great idea.  I play racquetball three days a week. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday my schedule is "booked" from 11 - 1. Once in a great while I will schedule an appointment during that time, but for the most part, I'm just not available. ...

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    Peter, I'm assuming any pin block drilling is performed on a drill press -- reaming also, I've always limited my reaming to no more than .020" increase from the original hole. Maybe that's where you've had trouble. Reamers are not drills, and as ...

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    Thanks for posting the picture Jim. The picture doesn't capture the detail of the outer cutting edge. The first cut in the wood is a score around the circumference before the chisel cutting edge lifts wood out of the surface and onto the spiral flute. ...

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    Roger, Are you saying to power-ream this or use the reamer by hand?  These things can make an awful mess in wood if not carefully controlled. What is your method? Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ...

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    John, After you have drilled the largest diameter drill before the final cut, use chucking reamers to finish the job. You can get them in many sizes in-between standard drill sizes. Roger ------Original Message------ Bit sizes are highly dependent ...

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    John Try American Tool in Tacoma WA. I bought mine there but as I recall you need to buy more than just a few http://www.americanequipmentandtool.com/http://www.americanequipmentandtool.com/ Mike Reiter University of Oregon School of music and Dance ...

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    Okay, I get it. It's an auger bit. Had not thought about using such an animal. Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ------------------------------

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    For the Guhring drill bits that Jim I mentioned on Caut list, you can also try MSC Industrial  https://www.mscdirect.com/industrialtools/metric-drill-bits.html ------------------------------ David Skolnik Hastings-on-Hudson NY 914-231-7565 ------- ...

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    John - Those would be metric sizes: .2520"  = 6.4mm .2559" =  6.7mm Try WL Fuller http://wlfuller.com/ P.O. Box 8767 7 Cypress St. Warwick, R.I. 02888 Phone: 401-467-2900 Fax: 401-467-2905 info@wlfuller.com orders@wlfuller.com ------------------------------ ...

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    Ed's bit...I took a pic a couple of years ago visiting his shop ------------------------------ Jim Ialeggio grandpianosolutions.com Shirley, MA 978 425-9026 ------------------------------

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    Ed, I never heard of such a thing. Can you post a picture of this? Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ------------------------------

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    I use a .250" rotary knife to drill Bolduc blocks. It is a single flute bit. I drill at quite slow speed so drilling a block takes most of a day. I got mine from Dean Tatham who taught me belly-work. Dean worked with David McChord in Boston. It is a custom ...

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    Yes, but it is amazing how many problems can arise from a simple solution. ------Original Message------ Interesting design. Makes for stronger keys, and saves a lot of work making the keys (drill three holes rather than make a complex mortise with a ...

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    I've also come across one of these, which also rattled (front rail.) I offered to "rebush" by replacing the cloth in the slots, which would have been easy and kind of fun. So far, no interest in hiring me to do it. ------------------------------ Susan ...

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    Interesting design. Makes for stronger keys, and saves a lot of work making the keys (drill three holes rather than make a complex mortise with a button, and another oblong mortise). Keys come out easier. A lot of pluses, but a little difficult to ease ...

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    One other thought... I have gone back to a Nossaman style Delignit(10mm) capped multilam block. This, because the Delgnit requires a larger diameter bit than the multilam. This means, that the delignit, up at the top of the block is tight to the pin, ...

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    Bit sizes are highly dependent on drilling equipment, block fabrication, length of pin, and drilling speed to name a few. I have spent much time trying to nail a mid-range torque that is reasonably consistent pin-to-pin, and that does not loosen up too ...

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    There is none. Unless you can find a 6.5 mm bit. I usually use an F bit for most of the block and a G for the top half octave or so. But it's been a while since I drilled a block. AN F bit produces a nice feel, why would you want something tighter? ------------------------------ ...

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    Posting for a colleague: Seeking source for custom drill bits. Specifically, fast spiral, high helix bits for drilling pinblocks.  More specifically, a size or sizes between an E (.250) and an F (.257). John Minor, RPT University of Illinois School ...

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    Scott, Any more suggestions you can give on using side-voicing pliers? I have a pair but haven't yet used them much. Do you use all 3 needles? thanks, Scott ------------------------------ Scott Cole Talent OR 541-601-9033 --------------------------- ...

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    Having worked in a shop, we would take in pianos where the client was willing to put on new hammers anyway.?? So I tried a technique using drug store fabric softener, an idea I got from an old Journal or something.?? Be sure the softener ...

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    I absolutely agree. Sometimes I go as far as a diamond shape. Maria G. Pollock, RPT 773 307 5207 Soli Deo Gloria ------Original Message------ Maria, Interesting that you mention a "nasal" sound. I agree that good hammer shape often can address ...

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    RE: jack issues

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    It might have been quicker to just check the upweight at the beginning.  If you find it to be in the low teens, you know you've got a problem and rather than tear apart the whole action looking for a sluggish flange, worn bushing, weak spring, etc. it ...

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    James The fact that you tried your best to get a better sound from the hammers might convince your customer that perhaps getting a new set of hammers will get the best results she's looking for.  Good luck. ------------------------------ Willem "Wim" ...

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    I am interested in seeing pictures of the hammer shapes others have mentioned however it seems it would be easy to take off too much felt unless one was taught the proper technique. Removing felt reduces the hammer weight and this customer commented that ...

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    RE: jack issues

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    The individual damper return springs help push on the damper lever. The other end of the damper lever is pushing on the spoon which aids in helping the whippen return. If the WF is tight, the whippen won't return on it's own. Remove the key and ...

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    Haha! I was expecting to see a real mouse ;) One time I had to retrieve a recently dead mouse. It still smelled like a dead mouse, so probably 2-3 weeks? It had died on the bass bridge. I had to loosen some bass wires to remove it. ------------------------------ ...

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    Chris, 👍👍! Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ------------------------------

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    I agree! I learned a great way to get this shape at Steinway at Oberlin. I have been doing this with Steinway hammers since but recently have been doing it with other hammers too. With other hammers I don't go quite as extreme though. I say it's not ...

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    Maria, Interesting that you mention a "nasal" sound. I agree that good hammer shape often can address this issue. In fact, I just did it today on a Chickering grand here on the shop. I had shaped the hammers over a year ago, but to a rounded shape ...

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    RE: Boston Specs

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    Doesn't Bösendorfer set key height from the floor? ------------------------------ Larry Messerly, RPT Bringing Harmony to Homes www.lacrossepianotuning.com ljmesserly@gmail.com 928-899-7292 ------------------------------

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    RE: Boston Specs

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    I completely agree with what you wrote, Fred. I also remember LaRoy Edwards emphasizing the importance of the Yamaha spec for key height. He basically said that regulation starts there and everything else follows. Maybe that was an old philosophy directly ...

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    What's really disturbing is when you open up the piano and the critter is still in there!!! ------------------------------ Gary Bruce, RPT Bruce Piano Service Edmond, OK 405-413-TUNE www.brucepiano.com ------------------------------

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    RE: jack issues

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    It appears the wippen is not returning completely, but only when assisted by the damper spring. Check the wippen flange bushing. It may be necessary to remove the wippen to check for smooth travel throughout -- simply applying Proteck without checking ...

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    I've retrieved far worse. This doesn't even look all that far gone. ------------------------------ Susan Kline Philomath, Oregon ------------------------------