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Recommendations for String Leveling Tools

  • 1.  Recommendations for String Leveling Tools

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-11-2019 15:25
    I'm looking for a recommendation for a string leveling tool. Also where to buy it, if it's for sale. Thanks!

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    Benjamin Sanchez, RPT
    Piano Technician / Artisan
    (805) 315-8050
    www.professional-piano-services.com
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  • 2.  RE: Recommendations for String Leveling Tools

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-11-2019 16:59
    Here's one from Mother Goose Tools. Here's another type from Charles Faulk. One that levels from beneath from Chris Brown. I use one of many I made myself - the first one pictured (brass) is my favorite. A sampling, on top of the strings using gravity, and below the strings, using a spring or gravity:

    Fred Sturm
    University of New Mexico
    fssturm@unm.edu
    http://fredsturm.net
    www.artoftuning.com
    "Practice makes permanent. (Only perfect practice makes perfect)."






  • 3.  RE: Recommendations for String Leveling Tools

    Posted 11-11-2019 18:37
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    Ben,
    Here's mine. Very easy to make. If you go with a string level bubble (Like the Mother goose one) then it needs to have a magnet inserted (machined). Otherwise they are time consuming and not worth it. IMO
    -chris

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  • 4.  RE: Recommendations for String Leveling Tools

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-11-2019 19:55
    Chris -
    Why magnetic?

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    David Skolnik [RPT]
    Hastings-on-Hudson NY
    917-589-2625
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  • 5.  RE: Recommendations for String Leveling Tools

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-11-2019 21:58
    I've tried using a magnet, and found that it will pull the strings into its plane. I do use a weak magnet to level upright strings, but place it within 10 mm of the V bar to minimize that effect.

    A bubble gauge does need to be stabilized, as in this photo, where thumb and finger are just barely touching the level while the strings are plucked. That's why I don't like the Mother Goose tool (copied from Fazioli's): it is short, and you often need to reach down behind a strut to stabilize it, and lean over to try to see the bubble. A level must be placed as close as possible to the strike point, which is usually under the very front edge of the dampers. 

    Regards,
    Fred Sturm
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." Twain