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  • Posted in: CAUT

    The hole is used for punching out center pins of sluggish flanges with a center pin punch and small hammer.Good idea as an angle tool. Thanks. ------------------------------ Lim Hock Seng Piano technician Yamaha Music (asia), Pte. Ltd Singapore ---- ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    We jumped ship and pulled the pins. Turns out, as I surmised, the block was not only screwed with two quite large screws to the rim, accessible only underneath the plate, but there was also a tuning pin in there as a dowel. Forget that. Tried prying up ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    I haven't had luck trying to reach Joe via his email. You might try giving him a phone call. ------------------------------ Patrick Draine Billerica MA 978-663-9690 ------------------------------

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    Thats it.  Thanks! ------------------------------ Dave Foster, RPT Waterford MI 248-431-8804 ------------------------------

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    http://mothergoosetools.org/product/brass-string-level/ ------------------------------ David C. Brown RPT Garland TX tunermandb88.com ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    I love magnets, but I'm not sure how much they add to this version of the Mother Goose string level (though in fact, I don't know which came first, the Davenport or the Goose),  The downsides that people have noted, with regard to clearance between dampers ...

  • Posted in: Voicing

    Thanks for the advice Patrick.  I will give it a try.  I was just afraid that yanking it up to hard would make matters worse. ------------------------------ William Scaglione North Tonawanda NY 716-471-1565 ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Mario Igrec also mentions one in his book, Piano Inside Out.  Page 206.   It just seems like a popular tool to have, yet I've been unsuccessful finding on. ------------------------------ Dave Foster, RPT Waterford MI 248-431-8804 ------------------ ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Alan, yes.  The one from Richard Davenport.  He doesn't have an email listed, that I can see. It looks fairly easy to make, but I wanted to patronize the tech who makes them. Dave ------------------------------ Dave Foster, RPT Waterford MI 248-431-8804 ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Alan - Do you know who might have the item or a picture? ------------------------------ David Skolnik [RPT] Hastings-on-Hudson NY 917-589-2625 ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Can you supply an image or some other reference to this item.  Is it something other than the one at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Greenlee-L77-Magnetic-Bubble-Level/dp/B002SYO1N8 ------------------------------ David Skolnik [RPT] Hastings-on-Hudson ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Dave, If you are referring to the one that was made by Richard Davenport, RPT, several years ago, they are no longer in production or commercially available. Alan ------------------------------ Alan Eder, RPT Herb Alpert School of Music California ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Looking to buy the Magnetic Mini Bubble Level for string leveling.  I've looked everywhere for these. Does anyone know where to get them? Dave Foster, RPT ------------------------------ Dave Foster, RPT Waterford MI 248-431-8804 ------------------- ...

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    RE: hammer mating

    Posted in: Voicing

    Patrick, I'm pretty sure that it is ONLY   the  Yamaha grand model GB1K  of  grand models sold in the US that is manufactured in Indonesia along with all  Yamaha upright models shorter than 48" (however the quirky 48" b3 IS made in Indonesia).   Martin. ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Hi Nicolas, I can sell you mine since I am no longer using it.  Please contact me off list to discuss price and logistics. davidweisspiano@gmail.com Best, David David Weiss Registered Piano Technician (434) 823-9733 davidweisspiano@gmail.com www.davidweisspiano.com ...

  • Posted in: Voicing

    Yank that string up, I doubt this newish agraffe will break. I noticed a unison on a new Yamaha GC2 (Indonesian made I believe) that sounded bad, and I found  there was quite a wave in one noisy string. High near the striking point, low on the other side ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    They closed, sadly. Not sure if anyone bought them. I used to buy all my sitka panels from them. ------------------------------ David Love RPT www.davidlovepianos.com davidlovepianos@comcast.net 415 407 8320 ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Hi all, Before I ordered a brand new one, I was wondering if someone would have a Professional Levitan tuning lever for sale. I am located in Montreal, Qc, Canada. Thanks! ------------------------------ Nicolas Lessard RPT Piano Technique Montréal ...

  • Posted in: Voicing

    This is a Hallet & Davis.  The piano is only about 5 years old and obviously in excellent condition.  I know this is an inexpensive piano, but actually I'm impressed. It was in bad need of regulation. Hammer checking was so low that some hammers were ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    I'm with Jon, just restring with 2/0 pins.  My .02 Pwg ------------------------------ Peter Grey Stratham NH 603-686-2395 pianodoctor57@gmail.com ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    That would be nice, and would be my favorite preference. I can however, unfortunately, see the edge of a large countersunk hole, peeking out past and underneath the plate edge right by the case side on both treble and bass. So that says to me, there is ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    You many not have to separate the pinblock from the string frame. Chinese makers do this in different ways, but you should be able to remove the screws at each end--those that go into the inner rim--and lift the whole thing out intact. ddf ------------------------------ ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    What are the huge phillips type screw heads on these Asian plates. Are they in fact phillips?  I don't think they are Pozidriv. Just ordered a no. 4 phillips, and no 3 Pozidriv, but I think its larger than that.​ ------------------------------ Jim Ialeggio ...

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    RE: hammer mating

    Posted in: Voicing

    Has the shank twisted and the hammer is slightly diagonal?  Traveling? ------------------------------ Regards, Jon Page mailto:jonpage@comcast.net http://www.pianocapecod.com ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Voicing

    A bit more information about this 6' 2" grand would be helpful for us remote diagnosticians. Brand? Age? Overall condition of the piano (including hammers)? It wouldn't hurt to make sure you have a replacement agraffe on hand if you stress the old one ...

  • Posted in: Voicing

    I do not.  Do you think it would be possible to use an agraffe reamer to make the hole larger which would have the effect of raising that particular string? I have never used one.  It probably would be easier than replacing the agraffe. ------------------------------ ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Anybody knows what happened to Northwest Specialty Woods of Elma WA. I used to buy soundboard panels from them by dozen every 4-5 years and nobody answered the ph , messages, email. Do you know who took over the company or can supply soundboard panels ...

  • Posted in: Voicing

    Some agraffes are not properly machined (holes out of level). Do you have the tools from Charles Faulk (http://www.faulkpiano.com/specialty_tools/) for string leveling? ------------------------------ Patrick Draine Billerica MA 978-663-9690 -------- ...

  • Posted in: Voicing

    It does appear so.  If you check the strings, there are at the same level coming out of the agraffe. ------------------------------ William Scaglione North Tonawanda NY 716-471-1565 ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Over Engineering, not because it's expedient but because we can. It's the age old question, "Can I or Should I." ------------------------------ Regards, Jon Page mailto:jonpage@comcast.net http://www.pianocapecod.com ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Don't over-think the procedure. Keep It Simple... ------------------------------ Regards, Jon Page mailto:jonpage@comcast.net http://www.pianocapecod.com ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Excellent! Don't argue with success....finally! Deb -- Debra Legg www.debraleggpiano.com 5 Tarr's Lane WEST Rockport, MA 01966 978-546-8428

  • Posted in: Voicing

    Hi William, Is the agraffe at fault? Peter ------------------------------ Petrus Janssen Peachtree City GA 678-416-8055 ------------------------------

  • Posted in: CAUT

    Hi, Fred. Thanks for the tip.  I think you are probably right about the cloth being overly treated with something. The fact that the keys were so wobbly sort of supports that hypothesis. Apparently a previous tech tried to get to negative friction. ...

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    Hi, Debra.  I think you are probably right about the cloth being overly treated with something. The fact that the keys were so wobbly sort of supports that hypothesis. Apparently a previous tech tried to get to negative friction. Zero of course being ...

  • Posted in: Voicing

    I have a 6'2" grand that has a particularly offensive note (D#4).  I checked the string level and found the right most string to be very low.  I have tried to pull it up, but it doesn't want to move.  My question is, do I muscle it up or should I just ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    I had thought about this... because basically it is just about keeping the rod inserted firmly into the pedal cup.  Sometimes I tend to "overthink".  thanks! ------------------------------ Patrick Greene OWNER Knoxville TN 865-384-6582 ------------- ...

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    I got it.  Thanks for the explanation ------------------------------ Patrick Greene OWNER Knoxville TN 865-384-6582 ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    I would just keep my fingers crossed that the pinblock is not glued / doweled in , but just screwed into the plate and shelves. If the stretcher comes off, that's a good sign. You may possibly be able to just remove screws on the outer edges that screw ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Patrick, Although not a direct replacement, the Yamaha bushing #T5901116 works well.​ ------------------------------ Roger Gable Gable Piano Everett WA 425-252-5000 ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Rubber tubing from an auto parts store comes in numerous inner and outer diameters. A leather disk in the bottom of the pedal cup and a short piece of automotive tubing usually works for a long time for me.  Pwg ------------------------------ Peter ...

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    Interesting.  I have made custom boring bits before, using tubing...its actually pretty easy...I may give this a try...hmmmm... ------------------------------ Jim Ialeggio grandpianosolutions.com Shirley, MA 978 425-9026 --------------------------- ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Hi Patrick     I was taught to cut out a piece of leather into the shape of an iron cross (look it up).  That way there is just one thickness.  I imagine eskaine, available from  supply house, would suffice also. Patsi Franklin RPT ------------------------------ ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Drill out the bushings with Pianotek #BSE-2? ​ ------------------------------ Floyd Gadd Regina SK 306-502-9103 ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Thanks David. I am enjoying your posts. ------------------------------ Floyd Gadd Regina SK 306-502-9103 ------------------------------

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Wow! 220 places to bind. In addition to hoist I'd consider putting upward pressure directly on the plate flange from supported keybed as wedges can only be tapped in on the stretcher side.         What's back up plan if the web cracks? If it lifts easy ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Probably impossible to find here. One thing you can do is take some buckskin strips lay them in the pedal cups and trim them off after pushing the pedal rods down. A strip about 3 inches long goes over the cup horizontally and another one goes vertically. ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    I did another search and found it.  Yes, it is called a Schubert Studio Piano.  I can't save the picture, but here is the URL.. https://www.alamomusic.com/schubert-studio-piano/ ------------------------------ Patrick Greene OWNER Knoxville TN 865-384-6582 ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    I think this is a Schubert.  I tuned one of these a while back..ugh this one was a dog, but maybe yours is better.  i didn't have any pictures of it, but here is one I found on the web.  Try enlarging the photo... ------------------------------ Patrick ...

  • Posted in: Pianotech

    Good Evening, Does anyone know where I can get these pedal rod bushings for a Chinese made piano.  I ordered part # 359-K and 359-Y from Schaff, but they appear to be too small. Thanks for any assistance! Patrick​ ------------------------------ Patrick ...