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Baldwin G pedal limit

  • 1.  Baldwin G pedal limit

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 10-05-2022 23:17
    Greetings all,
    I was working on a 1907 Baldwin G today, and wanted to adjust a too-high damper upstop rail. Damper lift was higher from the pedal compared to the key, but there seemed to be no way to limit the pedal travel. No felt or capstan. Is it possible it's the damper upstop rail itself that limits the pedal/damper travel? So far, that's how I've set it, but any other suggestions are welcome. I can imagine pedal use might keep pushing the rail up?

    thanks!

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    Scott Cole, RPT
    rvpianotuner.com
    Talent, OR
    (541-601-9033
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  • 2.  RE: Baldwin G pedal limit

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 10-05-2022 23:58
    Why not install some felt or a capstan?  Not so hard to do.  If you make the upstop rail limit the damper underlevers, something is going to break.  Your foot is very strong, so you need to limit the movement of the underlevers without stressing the upstop rail.  The upstop rail should allow just a little movement of the damper if you press the sharps fully.  The upstop rail is only there to prevent the damper heads from flying away and then landing again on the keys.

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    Paul McCloud, RPT
    Accutone Piano Service
    www.AccutonePianoService.com
    pavadasa@gmail.com
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  • 3.  RE: Baldwin G pedal limit

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 10-06-2022 01:25
    Paul, 
    That's what I was thinking. So what were Baldwin's intentions on this design?

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    Scott Cole, RPT
    rvpianotuner.com
    Talent, OR
    (541-601-9033
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  • 4.  RE: Baldwin G pedal limit

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 10-06-2022 07:07
    On a piano that old, it was probably refurbished/rebuilt at some time.  Or maybe not.  I see a lot of pianos with no limiting felt or capstan.  It must have been "good enough" without anything there to limit the travel other than the movement of the pedal in the box.  Then over time, the felt in the box wears out and it moves farther than before.  I'm pretty sure it was good when it was built, and at least they put an upstop rail.in it.

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    Paul McCloud, RPT
    Accutone Piano Service
    www.AccutonePianoService.com
    pavadasa@gmail.com
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