Pianotech

  • 1.  Lanolin for Voicing Needles?

    Posted 10 days ago
    I believe I was reading in Pianos Inside Out (Igrec) to use Lanolin Oil to lubricate voicing needles. A few questions:

    Who here lubricates voicing needles? Who doesn't? Why or why not?

    If you do, what do you use and how do you apply it? Is it lanolin oil? Where would I obtain it?

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    Cobrun Sells
    cobrun94@yahoo.com
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  • 2.  RE: Lanolin for Voicing Needles?

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 10 days ago
    Nose oil works really well, (for me), for lubricating voicing needles when they become "dry" and they stop penetrating the felt easily. Most noticeable when needling slowly. Not so evident when just pounding the needles into the felt.

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    Geoff Sykes, RPT
    Los Angeles CA
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  • 3.  RE: Lanolin for Voicing Needles?

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 9 days ago

    Bill Garlick demonstrated using nose oil to lubricate center pins when repining, and I think he said at the time that nose oil was lanolin based.






  • 4.  RE: Lanolin for Voicing Needles?

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 8 days ago
    I first tried lanolin, which we had around the house, when I tried the side-voicing pliers I acquired. It's great for getting the needles in, but even better for allowing the needles to come out. Sticking needles can be an issue in side-voicing, especially since it can stress the center pins if undue effort is required to remove them.
    So I'd say if you have hard, dense felt and the needles don't come out easily, try dipping the needles in lanolin. Disclosure: I never use those side-voicing pliers.

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    Scott Cole, RPT
    rvpianotuner.com
    Talent, OR
    (541-601-9033
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