Pianotech

  • 1.  Soundboard caulk

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 20 days ago
    I recently inspected a '75 Yamaha U2 that a client was interested in purchasing. This piano had a dozen or so chalked tuning pins that I verified were loose. Also, some of the butt center pins had creeped out enough to result in wobbly hammers. And a few of the keys just sounded dead for no perceptible reason. This piano was toast. Then I took a look at the back side. The photo below illustrates what I found. I do not recall ever seeing this type of soundboard repair before. Weirdly, the owner thought their piano was wonderful and had no idea to its condition - or else they were just hoping for an unsuspecting buyer.  I told the client to look elsewhere for a piano.  3K - NO WAY.
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    Randy Prentice
    Tucson AZ
    520-749-3788
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    soundboard caulk


  • 2.  RE: Soundboard caulk

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 20 days ago
    There is no picture.

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    Willem "Wim" Blees, RPT
    St. Augustine, FL 32095
    Tnrwim@aol.com
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  • 3.  RE: Soundboard caulk

    Member
    Posted 20 days ago
    Another reason to hire a tech to inspect a possible purchase. They could of at least used a better caulking. Unfortunately the next person to respond will think its a bargain. You have to wonder what trouble the piano has seen. 6 loose tuning pins and center pin walkout are other red flags as are dead playing notes. Maybe it was a flood piano ? I have seen lots of those "wonderful"   pianos .

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    James Kelly
    Owner- Fur Elise Piano Service
    Pawleys Island SC
    843-325-4357
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