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  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Sorry Benjamin, you're wrong. I don't take my phone into my customers home. (Don't want to be tempted to be interrupted, and in my mind it's rude.) And, I would never violate their privacy and trust, taking a picture without permission. My understanding...

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    seeJames, Let's make technology work for us, not against us. We most of all are not poets. Why no photo? No smart phone camera photo? Do you know where you are going? Integrating piano technology to smart phones has been reduced to this? The cabinetry...

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    Both Bush and Lane and Strauch are premium brands, and there aren't that many left. Sadly, these days it's very hard to get enough money to look after pianos like these, but I hate to see them just tossed away. No one is building anything like this...

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    I know Larry. Shoot me an email. Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ------------------------------

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    Does anyone know Larry Buck of EJ Buck & Sons in Lowell Massachusetts? He has had a friend's Steinway M for 2 years for a rebuild and has not been able to make contact with him for several months. Please pm me if you have any info. Thanks ...

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    I am tending to agree that it is not worth the risk because the demand is not there at the other end. It would take a good amount of money, time and effort and I doubt there would be many waiting buyers for a brand that few today would recognize. I...

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    Agree, unless full restoration is done, with installing a new action and key set. I personally wouldn't do it or recommend it, as there are other newer and more rebuildable pianos. ------------------------------ John Formsma, RPT New Albany MS ------------------------------

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    James, I find it difficult to imagine that any 1899 piano would not have a flat board by now. Cracked bridges? Another sign that piano is ready for the junk heap. There comes a time where we must retire the 19th and early 20th century pianos....

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    I am hoping to hear from other techs about this brand and action. The serial number shows it to be built in 1899 and the action has original parts from what I could see. Not enough time to remove the action and look at the knuckles or shape of hammers,...

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    We can file online, and the refunds are sent directly to our accounts, but the tax code is incredibly complex, which mostly benefits those with very high incomes, for whom the substantial fees they pay tax specialist accountants is a lot less than...

  • Posted in: CAUT

    One other difference that comes to mind is the flange friction. The current NY recommendation is something like 0-1 grams. That's too low, IMO. I check the flange friction by swings. In the Renner flange I like to see about 6 swings. Hold the...

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    Thanks Ali for starting an excellent discussion. Thanks Susan for that excellent information. Thanks Ivan for posting the PTG video on this topic. I've always been astonishingly fascinated by the topic of aftertouch. Apart from the results we get...

  • Posted in: CAUT

    Hi, David, I agree entirely about voicing Hamburgs with the action pulled out. I do that as well, and on the rare occasions when I need to voice a few notes through the strings, I use a very bright light to be sure my needle placement is accurate....

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    Thank you! This is encouraging. There is some emotional attachment to this piano so the owner will be happy if this problem can be solved within reason. Anyone else with a similar experience? Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham...

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    Peter – I did my Fischer brackets way back in the 70's using new ones purchased from APSCO, if I recall correctly, and they were a good fit. My guess would be that Schaff's are cast from the same pattern. Mark Sent from Mail for...

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    To Susan - Yes, Paul Tortelier's book is more than just a 'read'. In it he gives copious lessons and exercises of his methods. Extremely interesting. I dare say it's available on-line: 'How I Teach How I Play' by Paul Tortelier. I had a piano trio...

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    To Willem and Elizabeth - and anyone interested in Tax matters (Globally!) It would seem the UK Tax Assessment is very efficient. The on-line Self Assessment is particularly good - NO paperwork, NO postage costs, No expensive Accountants - it's...

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    It's the Unisons being out of tune which bothers audiences and players alike - which is why when I tuned Jasbo Browns' Catfish Row on-Stage piano in Porgy and Bess (opening sequence) I made sure the unisons were horribly out - yet basically at A=440...

  • Posted in: CAUT

    Using heat to ease a centre pin can be made easier by slightly driving the pin out, applying the heat, then pushing it back in place. This gets rid of the possibility of scorching the birds' eye. I use heat in many areas of 'easement'(?) of screws...

  • Posted in: CAUT

    There's a book by Max Matthias - "STEINWAY SERVICE MANUAL" published by Verlag Erwin Bochinsky, ISBN 3-923639-15-5 which deals particularly with Hamburg Steinway. As for tools required the only one I found necessary was a long scribe tool to adjust...

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    Here are 2 pictures: ------------------------------ Ovidiu Turcu Bucharest +40724414692 ------------------------------

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    Hi! Thanks so much for the great tips!! Baumgartel says they cannot ship to Romania, but they can ship to Hungary... I don't know why is there a difference... both are EU countries.. Yes, silicone can be available here, there are a lot of car parts...

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    Hi, David, All, I completely agree with your assessments here...especially the lacquer and "angel shot" notes... I currently have six Hamburgs (four Ds and two Bs) to hand; and have cared for a fair number of other Hamburg models and ages for...

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    Well, I take care of several Hamburg Ds and have put Hamburg D hammers on several NY Ds. IMO the Hamburg D hammer is quite suitable for the NY D (assuming a healthy belly). I don't care for the NY D hammer because the raw hammer is so soft that it...

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    One of the absurdities regarding IRS in the USA is that getting advice from an IRS adviser comes with no guarantee that it is correct and will survive audit by IRS tax officers. And all the tax simplification rhetoric from politicians is a lie because...

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    I have a customer here with the same piano and same problem. I purchased brackets from Schaff and believe they are an exact match or very close. You will probably need to play around with things to get the proper action spread and it may mean shimming...

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    Hi, Susan, Glad to hear from you. I thought of a couple of more points that make care of Hamburgs different from NY Steinways. The main one, aside from the different voicing techniques, is that the Hamburgs are much more sensitive to hammer shape...

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    Paul Tortelier -- great cellist. I didn't know he'd written a book. ------------------------------ Susan Kline Philomath, Oregon ------------------------------

  • Posted in: CAUT

    Kathy -- interest is not limited. For instance, which tools did you put in your kit to deal with Hamburgs? A local church here just bought a lovely new Hamburg B, and I have the care and feeding of it. It's the only one in town. Aside from rentals...

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    I like what heat does to the bushings -- makes them denser and more stable -- but if you use heat with the parts assembled, you have to consider what it does to the wood of the "birdseye", which can char. Hot metal firmly pressed into wood. Keeping...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    I just came across a J.C. Fischer grand #154357 today and its action brackets are splitting and evidently growing, or at least changing shape to the point that drop screws drag upon action removal, and there is no escapement left in the action. Most...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    To Michael- There are many many forms that may or may not be filled out, and a very long instructions booklet that you can download in a .pdf from IRS.gov. to help you determine which forms are for you, and how to fill them out properly. And if you...

  • Posted in: CAUT

    I'll make it 3x. Recently had to voice to please an artist here who liked both of our pianos - 1 New NY D and a Hamburg D. The voicing techniques for each that was suggested are in line with what's has been said here so far regarding the hammers....

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    I second David Skolnik's request--yes, please continue on line. Thank you. Greg Granoff Humboldt State University ------Original Message------ Please try to keep this discussion on line. ------------------------------ David Skolnik Hastings-on-Hudson...

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    Hi David, Will do, no problem. I just didn't want to run on if interest was limited. It's up to you all. I happen to be tuning one of those Hamburgs right this minute. I have thought of a couple of more points of difference while I was working, and...

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    Please try to keep this discussion on line. ------------------------------ David Skolnik Hastings-on-Hudson NY 914-231-7565 ------------------------------

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    Michael Unfortunately, the tax preparing business is so huge in the USA, eliminating that would never fly. ------------------------------ Willem "Wim" Blees, RPT Mililani, HI 96789 ------------------------------

  • Posted in: CAUT

    Mr. Chapman, I'm so glad David responded. I second everything he said. When I was in the Heart of Texas Chapter, we had an amazing chapter meeting (or two meetings I think it was) on this exact topic. Craig Waldrop did the class at Baylor University...

  • Posted in: CAUT

    Hi, John, I take care of 4 Hamburg D’s and a number of NY D’s at several venues. They are mostly 10 years old or less, a few are up to 15 years old. I agree that the voicing methods are fairly different. I also had some learning to do with the different...

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    David, do you take care of a Hamburg grand at your school? How old is it? Has it needed new hammers? What other work has been done to it? ------------------------------ John D. Chapman RPT University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of...

  • Posted in: CAUT

    The main difference with respect to servicing is the hammer type. The Hamburg Renner hammer is a fairly dense, tensioned hammer that requires judicious needle work to keep it balanced. As opposed to the lacquered hammer of the NY piano, you will...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Next observation, more recent since I have become a piano tech: My understanding of equal temperament is that it allows the piano to play acceptably in tune in all keys. This is different than actually being in tune in all keys. Also, because the piano...

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    Agree with Kent. ------------------------------ John Formsma, RPT New Albany MS ------------------------------

  • Posted in: CAUT

    Hi Ovi, It`s very strange that supplies from Germany can not send Protek to Romania which is EU country. The post can use ground transportation for that reason. If you order it from USA, yes they whoud not send it by plane. (I used to...

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    Yes Susan's advice is excellent. Also the vaseline warmed & mixed with teflon is fantastic for many applications. Also good to have some type of silicone for key pins, etc. But Michael also brings up an important point--sometimes a bit of heat can...

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    Thanks for sharing this, Clark. "Snug" is my aim when RH is normal or high; in the dry season (below 35 or so) I settle for "not loose." Del Fandrich contributed an excellent article on this topic to PTJ about a year ago, in which he points out that...

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    Yes, Ovi - Susan's reply is very much better than mine! Michael UK ------Original Message------ Hello, Ovi For the repetition spring slots in wippens, I first scrape out as much as I can of the greasy junk someone else may have put in there,...

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    Romanians MAKE cars - Michael UK ------Original Message------ Did not recommend a non-flammable alternative. Just something you still could buy possibly in Romania. I read the label. Do Romanians still drive cars? ------------------------------...

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    A touch of vaseline - applied with a toothpick? in the spring grooves. If you have centre-pin stiffness you could try a soldering iron to heat and expand the pins - might work! Larivedere Michael UK ------Original Message------ Hi! I live...

  • Posted in: CAUT

    Maybe this isn't what you want, but I own a Hamburger 'A' of 1914. which I have restrung and done a lot of regulation + re-rollering (knuckles?) But it's not a 'D' and now over 100yrs old - so maybe I'm the wrong person to work with you. Michael...