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Knabe Upright Grand Flange Replacement

  • 1.  Knabe Upright Grand Flange Replacement

    Member
    Posted 23 days ago
    Hi Folks, I recently tuned a Knabe upright grand 28955 - 1880 - over 100 years old - my first time at client and they wanted it tuned plus repair hammers 87 and 88. What I found was one wooden flange was missing and one was broken (see pics) - does anyone have replacements for these flanges?  Thanks, Stan Ragnes  
    763-438-9976


  • 2.  RE: Knabe Upright Grand Flange Replacement

    Member
    Posted 23 days ago
    Try contacting Louis Gentile up in Braintree Mass near Boston. He is not in PTG but you can google him. Issac Sadigursy in LA area has lots of parts and is worth reaching out to. Someone with a 3d printer might be able to make one but with the right woodworking skills and tools a newer one could be turned into something that will work. The action could be the same in other brands just like pratt read actions are common to many pianos. I will look around my stash as well

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    James Kelly
    Owner- Fur Elise Piano Service
    Pawleys Island SC
    843-325-4357
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  • 3.  RE: Knabe Upright Grand Flange Replacement

    Member
    Posted 21 days ago
    Why not just glue it back together?

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    Regards,

    Jon Page
    mailto:jonpage@comcast.net
    http://www.pianocapecod.com
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  • 4.  RE: Knabe Upright Grand Flange Replacement

    Posted 21 days ago
    Exactly..glue the broken  flange and look inside the bottom  panel for the missing one , Louis Gentile   Is at gentilepiano@yahoo.com or 617 471 2494.
    www.snowpianos.com

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    Martin Snow
    South Burlington VT
    617-543-1030
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  • 5.  RE: Knabe Upright Grand Flange Replacement

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 21 days ago
    To strengthen the entire repair, drill a hole (that will accept a round toothpick) crosswise through the flange and glue tg e toothpick in. You have basically doweled the joint which is as good as it gets.

    This repair was shown in the PTJ some years ago. Works great.

    Pwg

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    Peter Grey
    Stratham NH
    603-686-2395
    pianodoctor57@gmail.com
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  • 6.  RE: Knabe Upright Grand Flange Replacement

    Member
    Posted 21 days ago
    If you have woodworking capabilities, fashion a replacement from a modern flange. Plug the screw hole and redrill, add wood (rabbit joint) and trim for fit.
    Make a few while you're at it to store with the piano; In the words of Fats Waller, "One never knows, do one."

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    Regards,

    Jon Page
    mailto:jonpage@comcast.net
    http://www.pianocapecod.com
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  • 7.  RE: Knabe Upright Grand Flange Replacement

    Member
    Posted 21 days ago
    Thanks to you all for your feedback.  I did check bottom of piano for the part and none was found.  I plan on gluing the broken piece  but was hoping that someone would have an original replacement.  Looks like I'll be getting my woodworking tools out and make a new one adding wood to a flange and drill hole that matches broken part length.  I'll be contacting the folks you gave me also to see if they have a replacement.  Thanks again, Stan