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Baldwin grand soft pedal shift lever

  • 1.  Baldwin grand soft pedal shift lever

    Member
    Posted 08-20-2021 22:40
    Do we have a source for the Baldwin cast iron keyboard shift lever? I have a client who's lever broke off in a move and is not with the piano any more. Overall, the lever is about 12" in overall length from pedal rod to the pivot under the piano. It's quite a shame that the original was lost but nothing I can do about it now. Is there someone who would make something like this? Thanks for your help.

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    Mark Peters
    Interlochen MI
    231-590-9733
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  • 2.  RE: Baldwin grand soft pedal shift lever

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 08-20-2021 22:46

    Fairly short Baldwin grand? A few years ago I had that problem. I can't remember where I got one, after I asked on the list. I think someone had several which he had ordered after encountering the same thing himself.

    When I installed it, I took scrap hammer felt and made a stop block so that the left pedal couldn't exert leverage on the whole length of the shift lever once the action had shifted. So far I haven't heard from my customer (who practiced nonstop for hours every day), so I assume it's still there and working.






  • 3.  RE: Baldwin grand soft pedal shift lever

    Member
    Posted 08-20-2021 22:49
    I actually just found one on eBay.

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    Mark Peters
    Interlochen MI
    231-590-9733
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  • 4.  RE: Baldwin grand soft pedal shift lever

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 08-21-2021 03:18
    Yes, Ragland Piano Company on eBay has a ton of Baldwin parts from bridges to soundboards, pedal lyres to action parts and hardware. A lot of player equipment as well.
    https://www.ebay.com/str/raglandpianocompany?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

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    Steven Rosenthal
    Honolulu HI
    808-521-7129
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  • 5.  RE: Baldwin grand soft pedal shift lever

    Posted 08-21-2021 09:05
    Here we go again!  Well I'm glad that now Ragland Piano Co. is selling them . So  at Boston University Music School we had a large inventory of Baldwin pianos,  of the total piano inventory  of 200+  pianos 70 were  Baldwin purchased  just before I started there as head  tech.  in 1986 . During the first 10 years I think 4 or 5 of the shift levers broke  those I had on inventory  to replace but fearing what was to come going forward in the mid '90's I ordered I think 25 additional levers by the time I left BU in 2019 there were still a dozen or so remaining . So over the years there have been similar requests for these shift levers  but I've kept  quiet !
    Similarly I bought from Kimball  just before they disappeared several of their specific plastic parts , fall board connectors and  the pedal lyre box unit, these were for my private  customer base , and recently since moving to Vermont a person unknown to me  in  rural PA contacted me through this site asking if I still had any of these Kimball parts, I was able to send her the almost last one.
    www.snowpianos.com

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    Martin Snow
    South Burlington VT
    617-543-1030
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  • 6.  RE: Baldwin grand soft pedal shift lever

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 08-21-2021 10:03

    Great. Do try the stop block approach. Scrap hammer felt and white glue or Titebond can put it just above the left pedal rod to limit the play just past the needed shift motion, to prevent pressing too hard on the left pedal from putting leverage on the cast iron part. Otherwise, you can find your lovely new shift lever can break as easily as the old one did.







  • 7.  RE: Baldwin grand soft pedal shift lever

    Posted 08-21-2021 10:01
    Hi Mark.
    A customer of mine had the same thing happen and he found one on Ebay.
    Actually, there is one on Ebay right now.
    Peter

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    Petrus Janssen
    Peachtree City GA
    678-416-8055
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  • 8.  RE: Baldwin grand soft pedal shift lever

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 08-21-2021 11:09
    I also foun d one on eBay. Worked perfectly. Unfortunately thge client stiffed me and refuses to answer. Oh well.

    Pwg

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    Peter Grey
    Stratham NH
    603-686-2395
    pianodoctor57@gmail.com
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