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    Not threaded - this Fortepiano isn't young enough for that. Apart from which I make replacement threaded wrest pins for those 1875 +- Broadwood grands which require replacements (rare) Michael UK ------Original Message------ Try https://www.vogel-scheer.de/en/info/ironmongery.html ...

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    That's perfect, Kevin.  Thank you so much!  I'll call him on Monday morning and get it ordered.   Ted ------------------------------ Ted Rohde Central Illinois ------------------------------

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    Try https://www.vogel-scheer.de/en/info/ironmongery.html for tuning pins. You may need threaded pins. ------Original Message------ I'm in a degree of quandary about the appropriate conservation approach towards an 1819 Broadwood instrument ...

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    Ted, Jim just called me back this afternoon & I asked him about these Kimball grand pedal brackets. He has a whole box of them made up. They are 40.00 including shipping (in US). He said just leave a message if they don't answer & they will get them shipped ...

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    I'm in a degree of quandary about the appropriate conservation approach towards an 1819 Broadwood instrument https://youtu.be/GXZxR0AaXAA YouTube Beethoven Moonlight Sonata on 1819 Broadwood Ralitsa Penkova ...

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    I will definitely do that, Kevin.  I so appreciate that! ------------------------------ Ted Rohde Central Illinois ------------------------------

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    I can get the measurements the next time I get to that store, Terry.  Thanks so much! ------------------------------ Ted Rohde Central Illinois ------------------------------

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    I don't think that will work, Ed. ------------------------------ Ted Rohde Central Illinois ------------------------------

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    Fred, Early congratulations on retirement!! and yes absolutely one of the  great benefits of CAUT work as staff  to  revisit on a regular basis  extended piano  maintenance projects and to  tweak as necessary, or to determine if next time to do it a different ...

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    Hi Ted, Jim Geiger may have some of those already made up. He was the Kimball warranty rep for many years. He is semi-retired and lives in Waco, Texas. You would probably have to call him though and I believe they are out of town at like a wedding in ...

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    That's precisely what I did Jon.  I used the old one as a drill guide and created a new one out of a block of pinblock material as I recall.  After drilling the holes I cut it in the right place on the table saw and had my two piece replacement.  The ...

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    RE: key side repair

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    You can also replace the keytops and route off more wood (¼") and install an onlay to eliminate the worn section. I've salvaged ivories from old uprights by cutting the key off at the back of the tail and a good distance down from the top. These onlays ...

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    The knuckle core should be aligned with the jack center at rest. Spread should be 112.5 mm.  the Magic Line, this may indicate improper b/r cloth thickness. Measure another Yamaha's key end height. Is there an inordinate amount of b/r punchings? While ...

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    I'm quite sure I have some sort of small pile of brackets that look just like yours. How can I tell if I have the exact one you need? Do you have some measurements perhaps? ------------------------------ Terry Farrell Farrell Piano Service, Inc. Brandon, ...

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    RE: key side repair

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    If anyone else has this problem I would second the idea of sending them to Mike Morvan.  Great work! Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ------------------------------

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    Can you remove and invert the parts as they are? ------------------------------ Ed Sutton ed440@me.com (980) 254-7413 ------------------------------

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    Floyd, How's it going on that thing? Are there any telltale signs that the back rail cloth was changed? Is there a bumper felt underneath the back rail cloth as in Steinway? If it is too high, that would probably require thicker BR punchings which would ...

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    That's my last resort, of course.  I was hoping for someone to say, "Oh yes, call so and so and they may still have a supply."  I was hoping for quick and accurate first as the guys have lots of other pianos in line that need to be repaired.  Thanks for ...

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    Fabricate new hold-down brackets out of wood or HMD plastic. ------------------------------ Regards, Jon Page mailto:jonpage@pianocapecod.com http://www.pianocapecod.com ------------------------------

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    A music store took a Kimball Viennese Grand in on trade and the pedals came as you see in the picture below.  They've used the same type of nylon pedal brackets as they used in the LaPetite's, to the same end.  None of the supply houses that I've talked ...

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    I've shied away from working with polyester problems because I avoid any toxic tumes as much as I can. The most I end up doing for shiny black polyester pianos is to alert the homeowners that they can be cleaned up with a barely damp rag or washcloth, ...

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    Lyft and Uber are best. It was $25 for my wife and I. ------------------------------ Philip Stewart, RPT NJ Piano Service 609-774-7571 www.njpianoservice.com njpianoservice@gmail.com ------------------------------

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    Nice Susan. You're like a touch-up artist. I've dabbled here & there...I was more proud of myself doing that huge polyester repair on the bass corner of that BRAND (spankin new in the South..) NEW high polished black grand the movers dropped on delivery. ...

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    What time? -- Delwin D Fandrich Fandrich Piano Company, Inc. Piano Design and Manufacturing Consulting Services -- Worldwide 6939 Foothill Ct SW -- Olympia, WA 98512 -- USA Phone 360.515.0119 -- Mobile 360.388.6525 ------Original Message------ ...

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    A neat trick, splicing a piece that big into the lid, and then disguising it. I did, however, have some torn veneer on a corner of that celesta, and I took a piece of red oak (which is what the case is made of), cut different thicknesses of it on a ...

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    Wow! What a transformation! Love it. Only thing I've need more abused is our choir room St D which was our #1 recital piano before getting a new recital piano about 6 years ago-it has a chuck of wood missing on the audience side (in the curve) of the ...

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    You're very welcome, Kevin. I think I sent this before, but here is a photo of the celesta case where I used the powdered aniline dye and the French Polish with shellac, with a "before" to give a hint of how it was when I met it. I never have seen such ...

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    If you go to the convention site on Ptg.org there is information on ground transportation and how to make arrangements "PTG - Expand your horizon - Share the vision: Providing Quality Service for the World's Pianos Good, Better, Best. Never ...

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    There's a lot of info on our website. Michael ------------------------------ Michael Gutowski, RPT, TEC Central East RVP Chicago Chapter chicagotuner@aol.com 847-759-0369 ------------------------------

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    Does anyone know how much a cab fare might be from the Tucson airport to the Convention hotel (Mariott Starr Pass Resort), or how I can find that information? Arriving the evening of Tuesday  July 9th. ------------------------------ Jurgen Goering ...

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    Hi  Domenic, wow! What an amazing project. I second David & Susan...love to see this!  Its been quite a while but I took on an old upright about 15 years ago in Mahogany (hmm...am I the only tech who can never seem to spell mahogany correctly without ...

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    David Pinnegar wrote: " Obviously a soundboard and bridge will vibrate with the fundamental vibration of the string but the harmonics of the string won't have such energy, so that the soundboard won't be vibrating with it and the harmonics will be confined ...

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    Hi, Dominic Rockford, Illinois, my mom grew up there and I still have family there. Some very fine pianos were made in Rockford, Haddorffs. My cousin's grandfather worked in the factory. Anyway, I'm no expert in refinishing, but I still have to work ...

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    Before and after pics ... I know it won't be some valuable gem , but I want it to look nice in my house (and it plays great since my tech brought the action back from the regulation+ it holds a tune very well)... 1) Removed ugly damaged paint 2) sanded ...

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    Hi All, For those who may not have noticed in the March issue of the Piano Technicians Journal, our company purchased the assets of Detroit Pianoworks and are continuing their combination of the latest technology and traditional craftsmanship to produce ...

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    I'm 99.9% sure that Renner sells these flanges, although I'd have to check the parts sampler kit to be sure. You could email Renner and ask. All parts were in stock when I was at the Renner Academy last week.  However, I'm not sure if you'll be able ...

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    Hi All, For those who may not have noticed in the March issue of the Piano Technicians Journal, our company purchased the assets of Detroit Pianoworks and are continuing their combination of the latest technology and traditional craftsmanship to produce ...

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    You could repair it and place it on A#7. ------------------------------ Regards, Jon Page mailto:jonpage@pianocapecod.com http://www.pianocapecod.com ------------------------------

  • Hello all, I'm thinking to do a presentation of the different action analysis programs for an upcoming chapter presentation. I already have Mario Igrec's Practical Touch Calculator, and Nick Gravagne's Action Geometry Program. Are there any others out ...

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    Brooks carries Boston flanges, made by Abel. Regards, Fred Sturm fssturm@comcast.net http://fredsturm.net www.artoftuning.com "Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it." Brecht ...

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    David, I definitely feel your pain with the fiscal year funds issue and last-minute orders and the like! (Inset "ARRGGHH FACE). However, with this being a wood flange and the top part being in tact, you still have LOTS of options! Here are some thoughts ...

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    Hi Karl, I originally ordered a dozen of shanks and flanges for both treble and bass, but after more than 3 weeks, Steinway has not fulfilled the order. Apparently they have been moving their parts department and the Boston stuff is all boxed up somewhere. ...

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    This has greater importance to the wider tuning community than has perhaps been appreciated. The thread about the three strings tuned together lowering the pitch was fascinating. For me it seems that inharmonicity is more likely to arise from the lengthened ...

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    RE: Dealer prep work

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    Every new piano I have purchased for UNM in Albuquerque, NM has had overly tight balance holes within three months of delivery. I ream with parallel reamers .001" larger than the pin, then follow with the tapered reamer with just a little pressure (to ...

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    A moisture meter would be the best way to be sure. Either that or just wait at least a month - longer preferably. Moisture meters are kinda poo-pood in the soundboard industry, but that is because they are not accurate at very low moisture contents. However, ...

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    Mr. Pritchard  If the school has more than one Boston grand then having a dozen shanks and flanges (really 11 since you need one already) on hand doesn't seem like a bad idea. You also might check to see if a Steinway flange fits if you have one of those ...

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    That’s cool, Chris - I use this method with smaller string instruments such as guitars and violins. I find it to be a very useful tool in the quiver for fine-tuning the stiffness characteristics of soundboards, as well as the box when it’s closed up. ...

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    Hello, I have a Boston Grand hammer flange with a cracked bird's-eye.  See attached pic.  I think these flanges are unique in that they have the Steinway style rosette cut.  Steinway is not being very helpful with getting some - They will only sell shanks ...