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  • 1.  Installing Yamaha Ivorite keytops

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-02-2022 19:44
    Esteemed Colleagues:
    This is my first experience installing Yamaha Ivorite keytops.  Is there anything special about this material?  I see that one side of each top is a matte finish and the other is polished smooth.  There are black marks on the smooth side, I assume this goes face down on the top of the keystick.  Correct?  Any other hints and tips?  Thanks,
    Mike Kurta, RPT
    N. Michigan chapter



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    Mike Kurta, RPT
    N. Michigan chapter
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  • 2.  RE: Installing Yamaha Ivorite keytops

    Member
    Posted 11-02-2022 20:12
    The matte side is glued to the keytops. If the black marks will not rub off, send them back as defective.

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    Jon Page
    mailto:jonpage@comcast.net
    http://www.pianocapecod.com
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  • 3.  RE: Installing Yamaha Ivorite keytops

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-04-2022 10:24
    I would always contact Yamaha Technical Support for questions like this, Michael. I have always found them to be responsive and helpful.

    Bob Anderson, RPT
    Tucson, AZ




  • 4.  RE: Installing Yamaha Ivorite keytops

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-05-2022 02:05
    Thanks to all who responded to my Ivorite question.  According to Yamaha (who I should have contacted in the first place) the black marked side of the keytop goes down to the top of the keystick.

    Mike Kurta, RPT
    Traverse City, MI


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    Mike Kurta, RPT
    N. Michigan chapter
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  • 5.  RE: Installing Yamaha Ivorite keytops

    Member
    Posted 11-05-2022 09:02
    Go figger, shiny-side down.  I'd still score it with a checkering file or rough sand paper.  Are the top side edges finished or oversized for you to trim?  If the keytops are new wood, coat them with glue for a bond coat/sealer; otherwise the glue might wick in and the joint could be glue starved.

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    Regards,

    Jon Page
    mailto:jonpage@comcast.net
    http://www.pianocapecod.com
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  • 6.  RE: Installing Yamaha Ivorite keytops

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 11-06-2022 14:51
        Thanks for your advice Jon.
     
        Mike Kurta