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Call for tips

  • 1.  Call for tips

    Posted 01-22-2019 22:42
    Hi everyone,

    I'm putting out a special request: The May issue of the Journal will focus on period instruments, and I need one more tip having to do with
    fortepianos, harpsichords, early pianos, etc. (The editorial staff has decided to stay away from removing/installing actions because there are too many different designs out there.) I can send interested parties what we have already for May so there's no duplication.


    Scott Cole, RPT
    Talent, OR

  • 2.  RE: Call for tips

    Posted 01-23-2019 14:37
    Hi Scott, although extremely simple-I have one idea for a tip. This is regarding how to deal with loose tuning pins on (in our case) a small Martin Italian Harpsichord with the very tiny "non threaded" type of pins. When tapping in does not really help and/or the surface of the pin going into the block is "glazed" or too slick:

    wrap a piece of about 120 grit to possibly 180 grit sandpaper around the pin, sand surface of the pin VERICALLY a few strokes. Then perhaps turn pin a bit and a couple more strokes to make sure you are getting it all around. Wipe of & Re-install.

    When replacing a string is the PERFECT time to do this! This tiny technique has made a huge difference on our amazing little Martin. Applies to so many period instruments though.

    [Kevin] [Fortenberry] [RPT]
    [Staff Techician]
    [Texas Tech Univ]
    [Lubbock] [TX]