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    RE: Power Bridge Notcher

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    <but it was indeed an off-the-shelf thing from somewhere damn!...I used the Grizzly cutter as well, 1/2" arbor...could'a saved some bucks on that off the shelf part...damn! Ok, I get the bladder clamp.  Good ideas...congrats ------------------------------ ...

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    Great discussion! Just has nearly ALL my piano tools stolen a few days ago. 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️ -ALWAYS park in garage if you have one. Your wife's newer nicer car does NOT have 6,000 worth of tools in it! -Always have a spare set of tools (had one but way ...

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    "What did you use for your cutterhead arbor/bearing setup. I had a machinist make mine, becasue nothing off the shelf would work..set me back some bucks, it did." See picture below. I'd have to do some serious digging to find my order for it - but it ...

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    Terry,  What did you use for your cutterhead arbor/bearing setup. I had a machinist make mine, becasue nothing off the shelf would work..set me back some bucks, it did. I don't see how the bridge is manipulated and clamped in your pics? ------------------------------ ...

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    This is a great point. Although I am very anxious to try B-72 (or whatever the exact term is) which has great potential-reference: Dale Erwin & others), I am still using water white laquer & acetone-traditional Steinway "juice". The 3 strengths that were ...

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    Hi Will. "I had adhesion problems with one epoxy laminated bridge cap and had to take it off the bridge. (Too much clamping pressure, it starved the joint)." Ouch! As I'm sure you have since learned, clamps for epoxy work are to hold pieces in position ...

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    Hey Jim - thanks for the response. Nice looking notcher! I do understand the basics of what you've built. I like it! Good looking notches also. Jim wrote: "Climb feed is dangerous. I mostly never climb feed by hand, as the cutter will grab the piece ...

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    I had adhesion problems with one epoxy laminated bridge cap and had to take it off the bridge. (Too much clamping pressure, it starved the joint).  Ron claimed that the epoxy saturated the laminations, but it was apparent to my eye where the glue line ...

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    Hi Pat- What ratio of mixing do you generally hear being suggested there, or what mixture did you try? That is another very important variable. If you want to proceed relatively easy and safe try a very light mixture first, which seems to me might ...

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    I should mention, that though I built mine to notch laminated bridges, I ditched the laminated bridges and have used really nice quartered stock instead for a while. Everything about the laminated bridge was such a pain in the ass, that I much prefer ...

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    yup...I use one...built it about 4 years ago, or something like that. It takes power off the table saw. Bridge is mounted upside down, and you sight the notcher's kerf termination in a mirror. Works really fine, and aligning the piece is easy to sight ...

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    For densely pressed hammers, my use of hardeners is generally limited to acetone/acrylic, and is fairly thin and applied sparingly to the crown where needed, maybe three drops per hammer (apply again if needed). This is then usually sanded very lightly ...

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    I recently constructed a power bridge notcher for notching my laminated bridge caps. I know that Del Fandrich uses one of his own design and Ron Nossaman had used one that he had built. I've been notching the bridges on two Steinways that I have in my ...

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    I use a Jensen case, which can take a large assortment of pallets. Here's one from their site: https://www.jensentools.com/jensen-tools-h1948jtr4-double-black-cordura-case-and-pallets-only/p/216-087 No, it's not cheap at almost $200. But very versatile. ...

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    I bought this last year. http://a.co/3m4Cf0n ------------------------------ David Love RPT www.davidlovepianos.com davidlovepianos@comcast.net 415 407 8320 ------------------------------

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    RE: Lifting Harps

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    Hi, I recall that the suspended plate just dropped straight down, hard, luckily a short distance onto the wooden dolly. When our hearts returned to normal, we tried the hoist and the hydraulic cylinder wouldn’t produce any lift. Since we rented it, we ...

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    Thanks for sharing this Kathy. I'm really interested to know how it failed, if you remember. I.e. Did the whole thing tip forward, did a bolt snap, etc.. I use an engine lifter myself so it would be great to know if there's something I should be looking ...

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    Just out of curiosity, and because US tech experience when it comes to hardening hammers is so much greater than mine: If you brighten the highest treble by using plexi/acetone or lacquer/thinner, do you prefer to apply it to the sides of the hammers ...

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    RE: Lifting Harps

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    I'm lazy. I use an electric hoist on a beam. One finger operation. Lift the string frame, move the piano out, lower the frame onto an upright tilter. Pulleys (block & tackle) make for smooth slow operation. The motor is mounted on a rail so it will slide ...

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    RE: Lifting Harps

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    Thank you all for your help and advice. I'm probably going to need to go with the collapsible engine hoist. Stephen R. Duncan Piano Technician UNC-Greensboro 336-847-6310 ------Original Message------ I've used many methods the latest being ...

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    Hey, looking through the archives and found this thread . Might be of interest. Not that old, either.... ------------------------------ Benjamin Sanchez Professional Piano Services (805)315-8050 www.professional-piano-services.com BenPianoPro@comcast.net ...

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    Geoff,  What did you use to make your custom dividers, and how did you attach them to the inside of the case? I've got 3 of those Harbor Freight briefcases in my car (I kind of prefer the all silver version) and I kind of rotate them down as they get ...

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    RE: Lifting Harps

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    Engine hoists have worked well for me. As Alan mentions, collapsible ones are best. The advantage of such a hoist is that you can leave the piano where it is and roll the plate somewhere else. You can't do that with a system affixed to a ceiling beam. ...

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    I agree to a point. My real kit goes in the house every night. The spare kit of older tools is hidden with the spare tyre. Tuning lever, fork, mutes, felt strips, old screwdrivers. Just the bare minimum that serves 90% of our work. ------------------------------ ...

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    In my books, leaving tools in the car is a dumb tip for dumb techs. Leaving tools in a car is by far the #1 way to have tools stolen. You don't want that. And I am saying that as a tool supplier!​​ ------------------------------ Jurgen Goering -- ...

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    Here is a conversion table for wire gauges, American (AMG) and German (metric). Note that Röslau makes all its wire in metric sizes. N. American suppliers re-package it and re-label it so that it conforms to or approximates AMG sizes. If you measure ...

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    Hello all, I ran across this at Walmart yesterday, and decided to try it: It's a pistol case with plenty of pockets. I loaded almost everything from my previous case into this one. It holds all my tuning tools (including both levers) in a removable ...

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    I know that i provided no context or explanation. Working on a journal article. Stay tuned. ------Original Message------ Jason, This looks interesting, but without reference and legend, it is mostly meaningless. Tot what do each of the symbols, ...

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    Jason, This looks interesting, but without reference and legend, it is mostly meaningless. Tot what do each of the symbols, numbers, lines and colors refer? What are the samples - every note or just specific samples? ------------------------------ Dave ...

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    Hi Cindy, I've done this  .......  a long time ago.  I don't know what got into me but I drove south out of Cheyenne for at least an hour before I realized I didn't have a single tool to do ANYTHING.  I was fixing organs as well as pianos in those days ...

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    Sorry for chiming in late to the party here :) We've used the different Abel hammers for Yamaha grands (shorter C's and G's) here at the conservatory, with great results. If anything, I'd say I like their hammers even more than the originals from Yamaha ...

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    RE: Lifting Harps

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    Like Gary, I use a chain hoist, 1 ton capacity. It does require a beam to attach to, but that is easily arranged by spanning the ceiling with a beam (perhaps a 2x8, or two joined together if you like overkill) with vertical supports at each end attached ...

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    RE: Lifting Harps

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    I also use a hoist properly attached to the ceiling and a Bolduc plate lifter.  I remove it the from ceiling when not in use.  It has a very small foot print when not in use. ------------------------------ Tim Coates Sioux Falls SD ----------------- ...

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    "not break the bank while doing so" Benjamin, Spend what is necessary to get the best tool case you can. Your tool case is your most used tool. Its part of the overall appearance you create when the door opens and you meet someone ...

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    RE: Lifting Harps

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    I've used many methods the latest being a hoist like the one in the picture you attached. Works well enough. Mine doesn't have an automatic hydraulic so it's a bit of a hassle to release and lift manuallly. A chain hoist (electric or manual) attached ...

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    After confessing to a long drive WITHOUT TOOLS at my last PTG meeting, one member's tip: keep a backup in your car of minimal tools, for just these occasions. Yes, plural, I have done it more than once in my many years of work. ------------------------------ ...

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    Michael, " Then when you have to go out to your car for it, remember to charge accordingly!" I like that a lot! Anything that requires a trip to the car is extra. That makes it simple. Thanks! I thought of three more tips for smart techs by a sometimes ...

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    Keep a slip of paper or a card in your pocket with the customers NAME. DAMHIK Figure out a system to remember how many/which tools you have used in the customers piano. I had a nice locking buck knife go missing and found it the next time I tuned the ...

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    Sure. I'll try once more with the graphic as well. ------------------------------ Anthony Willey Shoreline WA ------------------------------

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    Wow, and I thought i had seen the last of whitworth with my '56 K3 Allard ------------------------------ Leslie Koltvedt Marietta GA 734-657-7034 ------------------------------

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    ALWAYS check the hinge pins on any piano even if it was moved long ago. Checking leg bolts and lyre screws/bolts is also not a bad idea . There is no guarantee that a leg will be really locked in tight just because it has leg plates. Had a Steinway and ...

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    Hi Geoff, Hey, we have the same case! I really like it, but mine isn't nearly as full as yours. Only about half as full, so a lot of extra room; thus the quest to find a smaller case. I may have picked up something this afternoon that works, will report ...

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    That's great info, except no graphic came through the various thresholds that had to be crossed. I'd love to see the graphic - can you email me directly? jkanter@rollingball.com Thanks | || ||| || ||| || ||| || ||| || ||| || ||| || ||| ...

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    Not to dis PianoTek but I've been through two of the CSE-180 cases, which you can find here... https://www.pianoteksupply.com/assets/pdf/tools/toolstoragecases.pdf And here is where you can find the video... https://www.pianoteksupply.com/instruct-demos.aspx  ...

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    Replying to the question about exporting data to a computer and displaying offsets for each partial: Yes, it is possible to export and extract some data, but it's not a very user-friendly process. (That isn't really the point of the app.) For example ...

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    Benjamin I got an AWP shoulder bag at, of all places, Walmart. It has a solid 8"x 16" bottom, but canvas sides. 8 packets on the inside and about 8 pockets on the outside. The bag can be zipped up.  But the neatest feature of this bag is the bottom, ...

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    Benjamin, I was going to suggest a canvas tool case I got several years ago from Pianotek (CSE-180) but apparently they no longer have it. Nor can I find the video they had for it. Having said that, I have a consideration you might want to keep in mind ...

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    Hi Ben. I'm on my second or third Targus case. It's made for laptops but totally works well for holding all my usual tools, invoices, lubes, glues, etc. with room to spare. Each one I acquired used. This last one is leather and is pretty smart looking. ...

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    Hello all, Im looking to possibly get a soft tool case, but preferably to not break the bank while doing so! Does anyone have any recommendations? My requirements would be: Not pink (don't ask)  Holds a full size iPad Fits a 12" Tuning lever ...

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    Scott,  You go ahead and post as much as you want! Bullet points make it easy to follow along.... You can of course sign it as anonymous, but everyone can still see you wrote it in the upper left corner of the post... Everyone please feel free to share. ...