Hi all,I know that I've seen both homemade and commercial portable support benches for grand actions, but I can't seem to find them now. I have problems lifting heavy (and wide) items, so I'd need some kind of portable (as in able to transport by car) table/wagon, preferably on wheels, which could serve as a work bench for a grand action.
Does anybody know of a manufacturer, or has anyone made a clever own version for this very purpose?
Like you, I also use Jon's Taut line regulation gauge since many years back. I picked it up at a convention, and it's been in my bag ever since. (To Jon, participating in this thread: it must be one of the smartest things I've seen!)The Versacart is a must, I need that one! :)
I got hold of Melanie at Brooks Ltd., and will hopefully get the caddy from her. Mark Adams mentioned in this thread that the caddy is available from Jahn (can't believe I missed that, being a regular customer at Jahn's, thanks Mark!), but it's quite pricey compared to getting it from the US, so I go for Brooks Ltd. if the one caddy left is still in stock.
I'm also impressed by Norman's caddy/bench, and might get one in the future. For now, the LaRoy caddy is exactly what I need.
------I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your help! This forum is of invaluable help to me; this community is extremely helpful and helps me keep in touch with fellow techs and colleagues despite me being quite isolated up here in Finland. Much appreciated!
I thought I'd report back on the development:
So thank you all, once again, for all your help! I'd also like to mention another tool that helps a lot when you don't need to get the action completely out of the piano. The Grand action support kit from Pianotek allows you to pull the action out much farther than normally. It's perfect for working with the action in the piano, sliding it in and out quickly to make adjustments.
Here's a pic attached. Mine is made out of aluminium, but I don't think there should be any practical difference.
And suddenly, everyday life is so much easier... this was the first day in a long time that I was looking forward to working with a heavy grand action :)