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    I have an LED called 'PEN SHAPE WORK LIGHT' made in China. It has a 2" LED which gives out a lot of light. It is shaped like a fountain pen and the clip, with an ON/OFF button at the top contains a powerful magnet and swivels 180 deg. so it can adhere ...

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    Thanks Jon. Sent from my iPhone ------Original Message------ Not only can CA form a bead at the notch/pin area, CA can migrate along the speaking length. The tri-angular dental scraper is the best tool to use. I also removed the backing from an Exacto ...

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    Not only can CA form a bead at the notch/pin area, CA can migrate along the speaking length. The tri-angular dental scraper is the best tool to use. I also removed the backing from an Exacto Razor Saw to allow more flexibility and insert it from one or ...

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    Blaine, While it appears your URL fails presently, you certainly should describe it if you have the time and memory. I remember watching it once. I think more objective competition like YT described with the NHK documentary at that time-not only by ...

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    Thanks, I'll CA with strings on and have my dental tool handy. Sent from my iPhone ------Original Message------ I had a similar experience, also with a Kawai. But, thanks to discussions here, I learned and subsequently came to realize that by ...

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    I had a similar experience, also with a Kawai. But, thanks to discussions here, I learned and subsequently came to realize that by CA gluing the bridge pins I had not experienced a loss in tone so much as a loss of noise. The harsh was gone, as were the ...

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    CA glue Bridge Pins

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    False beats through out entire tenor and treble section of 7' Kawai grand piano. Want to CA bridge pins with strings in place. Should CA kill tone, can I just back off string and pull up to reinstate clear tone or scrape string with dental tool to break ...

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    At Walmart, camping section. $10.  ------------------------------ Benjamin Sanchez Professional Piano Services (805)315-8050 www.professional-piano-services.com BenPianoPro@comcast.net ------------------------------

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      There is an LED fixture that I believe I got at Home Depot in the lighting section that may be the ticket. it has an adjustable stand and puts out a ton of light. I have several stand style lights that use Halogen bulbs that run hot and burn out. ...

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    Hi all, I'm looking for suggestions for a work light: -battery powered, LED -gooseneck -magnetic base strong enough to support it at 90 degrees from the plate -small enough footprint so that it can be placed near the pins or in tight areas ...

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      This is the type of job that will need to go to a shop and that is what I proposed. I have treated many pin blocks with great success but this piano is too far gone when looking at the lack of space under the coils. I think there will be the usual ...

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    My interpretation of this is that you are letting the customer dictate your price and service. This is a problem of conversion. If your goal as a businessman is to be successful, work less, and make more money, then try to convert a $500 job into a ...

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    James, If money is a problem for them why not simply .CA the pinblock and make the best of it until they can afford to rebuild it? Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ------------------------------

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    I skipped most of the intro - so missed that. Just got down to the 'nitty-gritty' However, why spend so much time trying to paint or play like children when there are real children who can do it . . . 'just-like-that' Michael UK ------Original ...

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    Don't dis a good 40 year old honky tonk tuning. It is wonderfully unique. There is no way you could create a similar tuning that would sound like it arrived there naturally.  For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYIeQ_caCQE  The sound of that ...

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    Thanks for this reply, Kent. That is the experienced reply I was hoping for. ------------------------------ Geoff Sykes, RPT Los Angeles CA ------------------------------

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    And another kid, not quite so young.  https://youtu.be/9l0xppLcgl4 YouTube Gotcha Now Documentary: Part 1 (The life & music of Cory Henry) This is the first part of a documentary short ...

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    Check out the transition from Alberti Bass to octaves @ 2:15. It is like she is jumping 2, like she really is.  https://youtu.be/QladnEez7CU YouTube Amazing 2-Year-Old Piano Prodigy (The Best) ...

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    "Thus, a honky tonk tuning is the longest lasting! Yes, I've seen some of those last for 40 years and more!" Can't argue with that. True! ------------------------------ Kent Swafford Lenexa KS 913-631-8227 -----------------------------

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    Scott Kerns has it exactly correct. Pure 12th ET can be forgiving. Remember, in pure 12th, the 12ths can drift either way and still be sort of clean on either the wide or narrow side. But this is even more true of 5ths and octaves; drift one way and 5ths ...

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    By similar logic we might argue that a tuning with pure unisons will make the first to slip more obvious. Thus, a honky tonk tuning is the longest lasting! Yes, I've seen some of those last for 40 years and more! ------------------------------ Ed Sutton ...

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    I don't have the expertise that Kent has, but, as an OnlyPure user, I've found the opposite to be true. It creates a very "forgiving" tuning. Also, the same mechanics are used to manipulate the pins so, depending on the expertise of the tuner, I don't ...

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    Kent -- I attended the first of your two period class in St Louis. I was quite amazed at how wonderful the pianos sounded that had received this pure 12th temperament. Later, I overheard a couple of techs talking about how difficult, in practice, this ...

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    Available now on the AppStore for iOS for $349.99, the OnlyPure basic version with manual note switching only, no auto note switching. ------------------------------ Kent Swafford Lenexa KS 913-631-8227 ------------------------------

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    The child, re-enacting and exaggerating  the moves of a pianist in the video, is a drama queen bound to become a hit in TV comedy shows and movies, or even a concert pianist someday. This childhood video will be a good collectors item to feature when ...

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    I thought I'd interject this into the conversation. Just found out from Bernhard that there's a "Basic" version available of OnlyPure   that's only $407.17. (That's euros conversion rate to American dollars right now. It's 350 euros.) There's no auto ...

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    Michael, In the video, her dad said that he wedges the sustain pedal down with a pencil. Clark -- Clark A. Sprague, RPT www.clarkspianoservice.com ------Original Message------ This precocious, pretty little girl is parodying a Concert Pianist ...

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    This precocious, pretty little girl is parodying a Concert Pianist - and parodying it very well! I wonder who had their foot on the Sus.Ped.? Michael UK ------Original Message------ I found this video of interest particularly in light of what ...

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    Actually...this fine toddler and her somewhat pedantic dad, describe exactly why I'm in piano work and piano design.  For me, its all about the immediate, sensual experience of  sound and of the sympathetic effects of that sound on my bod'. When that ...

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    " Essentially given two pianos (both grands, for convenience' sake), both the same maker - say  Yamaha CF and a C3 (or their equivalent current model number) in applying this 8ve stretching in an identical manner to both pianos . . . . will the results ...

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    I found this video of interest particularly in light of what we do. For the piano technician the metaphor of hearing the piano like a child is different in that we are exchanging how we listen with Other information about the piano, but the argument still ...

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    Hello Geoff, I believe that there is also a PDF file on that CD that has an index of the titles of all of the articles. I can then search by keyword within that index file and I can usually find what I am looking for. ------------------------------ ...

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    ...you missed a great event. 720+ in attendance, from all over the world, in certainly the most fantastic hotel I've ever stayed at. And Lisa Weller presented an institute that kept me in class every period of every day. If it weren't for Maggie Malone's, ...

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    It seems to me Bossing people around has never ceased to be a status symbol in USA society, rather than a complete embarassment, and a lot of people seeking employment think mastering people, not a skill, is the path to vocational fulfillment.  For the ...

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    Yes, very good point!bh ------------------------------ Garret Traylor Trinity NC 336-887-4266 ----------------------------

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    In addition to all the excellent suggestions that have been offered, check to see if the pedal box itself has begun to separate from the rest of the lyre. ------------------------------ Kent Burnside, RPT Franklin TN 615.430.0653 ------------------------------

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    Hello Kent - and all interested in this ET thread. By introducing variables in stretching, another variable must be added - that of the Particular Piano. I am convinced that no two pianos will give exactly the same result - and, of course, the piano ...

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    Also, check to see if the lyre is firmly attached to the underside of the keybed, and if the lyre supports are not loose in the pedal box or the top block. Tipping the piano on the lyre can loosen these. Paul Mccloud San Diego Pictures are always ...

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    In over 30 years of experience in piano technology, I guarantee you as a man to this day 20-20 able to pass his drivers lisence vision test without glasses, your vision don't mean jack. Only means you have to pass the technical exam to be an RPT twice ...

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    Pictures are always helpful. Accepting a piano from another technician can certainly cause distress. Keep to the basics. Pedal rod order is often swapped during a move or at setup; so experiment switching pedal rods around. Normally the rear of the pedal ...

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    Also, be prepared to reset the damper upstop rail.  If anyone tromped hard on the pedal when the pitman was misinstalled, they may have dislodged the upstop rail. ------------------------------ John Rhodes Vancouver WA 360-721-0728 ------------------------------

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    Thanks for the replies and encouragement.  All good information.  I'm learning more everyday and the input helps with my confidence.  By the way, browsing through the discussions here, current and archived, what a rich community and what a wealth of knowledge.  ...

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    It is more likely that the thick piece of leather glued to the sustain pedal's trap work went missing. There are also rubber (&/or leather) pieces at the pedal's rear cup that the bottom of the sustain pedal rod rests. These might be missing or worn. ...

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    Hello I don't post often and do more lurking than anything, but I have a small dilemma. The piano I just looked at had been recently moved across the state and set up in the customer's house.  She said "it is ringing constantly" so I immediately thought ...

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    Jim Coleman, Sr. had a method of changing the "A" (of FAC) to expand the octaves to give a pure 5th tuning from the SAT. Adding 1.5 to the reading will cause the generated tuning to produce a pure 5th (or pretty close to it). From C5 to the top, 1.5 ...

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    Benjamin, I am not aware of a way to apply the tuning of the family of equal temperaments directly to the SAT. However, we are a resourceful bunch, and perhaps someone will come up with a way of tuning the widths of ET with the SAT. As to your question ...

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    I apprenticed with a graduate of the Piano Hospital, where many visually impaired people were taught to care for pianos. Unfortunately, it is now closed. I am sighted, my mentor was not. I would say that the status of your vision is mostly irrelevant ...

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    Richard -- Thank you for finding this. Yes, that's the article I was looking for. Yaay! I have had this CD collection since about 2002. I always found it quite useless because the search feature never returned anything helpful. But now, being forced ...

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    James.   The piano is over a hundred years old. The pin block might be OK now, but if you use it, even if you make some repairs, in the not to distant future it will need to be replaced anyway. So I would suggest to the customer to have that replaced ...

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    Geoff, it's in the July 1994 edition. However, it's only one article titled "Temperament to the Top - Temperament to the Bottom". ------------------------------ Richard Primeaux Associated PTG member Hammond LA 225-235-9394 ------------------------------