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Key Pin Polishing

  • 1.  Key Pin Polishing

    Posted 11-28-2005 09:57
    From "Farrell" <mfarrel2@tampabay.rr.com>
    
    What's the latest-greatest (and fastest) method of polishing key pins? I've done the shoe-shine method, but I find it is mess and takes a long time to do.
    
    Terry Farrell


  • 2.  Key Pin Polishing

    Posted 11-28-2005 10:12
    From "jonathan stuchell" <jstuchell@verizon.net>
    
    Wouldn't it be easier just to replace them?    I suppose you could zinc plate them.
    
        regards, Jonathan Stuchell
      


  • 3.  Key Pin Polishing

    Posted 11-28-2005 11:56
    From "Farrell" <mfarrel2@tampabay.rr.com>
    
    Naw. I don't hesitate to replace pins, but these are on recent model Yamaha C3s and are in very good shape. I rebushed the keys, and just wanted to put a little extra sparkle on the pins - much like one might want to do a quick polishing on new pins anyway for the slipperiest surface.
    
    Terry Farrell
      


  • 4.  Key Pin Polishing

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-29-2005 12:32
    From reggaepass@aol.com
    
    We remove all of the paper and cloth punchings to a board with old 
    keypins (laid out like an actual action), front punchings on the bottom 
    of the pile and balance punchings on top of them. Then we take butcher 
    paper and push it down over all of the key pins. We polish with a drill 
    bit made for the purpose (such as the one sold by Coleman) with cloth 
    punchings in it plus Flitz metal polish. Next, we wipe off the residue 
    with a very soft cloth and spray with McLube. This procedure has worked 
    well for us and doesn't take long at all (especially of someone else is 
    doing it!).
    
     Alan Eder
    
    
     


  • 5.  Key Pin Polishing

    Posted 11-28-2005 10:47
    From "Porritt, David" <dporritt@mail.smu.edu>
    
    Terry:
    
     
    
    Make a polisher you can chuck in your drill.  I made mine from PVC pipe
    and end cap.  Fill the pipe with hammer felt that you cut with a plug
    cutter and drill a hole in the center to go over the pin.
    
     
    
     
    
     
    
     
    
     
    
    It goes fast!
    
     
    
    dp
    
     
    
    David M. Porritt
    
    dporritt@smu.edu
    
    ________________________________
    
    From: pianotech-bounces@ptg.org [mailto:pianotech-bounces@ptg.org] On
    Behalf Of Farrell
    Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 10:57 AM
    To: pianotech@ptg.org
    Subject: Key Pin Polishing
    
     
    
    What's the latest-greatest (and fastest) method of polishing key pins?
    I've done the shoe-shine method, but I find it is mess and takes a long
    time to do.
    
     
    
    Terry Farrell
    


  • 6.  RE : Key Pin Polishing

    Posted 11-28-2005 14:53
    From Avery Todd <avery1@houston.rr.com>
    
    Marcel,
    
    I can't resist asking but what is "hammer felt crap?" :-D
    
    Avery
    
    At 11:06 AM 11/28/05, you wrote:
    >Hi Terry,
    >
    >I use a block of hammer felt crap. I drill a 
    >small hole into it and then use it in an up and 
    >down motion. It works for me and I too find it 
    >faster than the shoe-shine method.
    >
    >Marcel Carey
    >
    >-----Message d'origine-----
    >De : pianotech-bounces@ptg.org 
    >[mailto:pianotech-bounces@ptg.org] De la part de Farrell
    >Envoy? : 28 novembre 2005 11:57
    >? : pianotech@ptg.org
    >Objet : Key Pin Polishing
    >
    >What's the latest-greatest (and fastest) method 
    >of polishing key pins? I've done the shoe-shine 
    >method, but I find it is mess and takes a long time to do.
    >
    >Terry Farrell
    


  • 7.  Key Pin Polishing

    Posted 11-28-2005 16:15
    From Thomas Cole <tcole@cruzio.com>
    
    Jim Coleman (colemantools.com) sells a good tool if you want something 
    ready-made for the balance rail. Marcel Carey's idea of a hole drilled 
    into a block of hammer felt (s)crap might work better for front rail 
    pins. Use an oval drill :-)
    Tom Cole
    
    Farrell wrote:
    
    > What's the latest-greatest (and fastest) method of polishing key pins? 
    > I've done the shoe-shine method, but I find it is mess and takes a 
    > long time to do.
    >  
    > Terry Farrell