Pianotech

  • 1.  Veneer Repair

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 10-05-2022 19:16
    I tune a 17-year-old Steinway O that was purchased new and has been in this climate since the purchase. I don't see any explanation to account for it, but the veneer on the case next to the left end of the fallboard has separated in a blister-like protrusion that gets rubbed when the quite noticeably when the fallboard is raised and lowered. There is also friction against it when the action is removed and replaced.

    I would welcome any guidance for how this might be repaired.

    Thank you.

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    David Bauguess RPT
    Grand Junction CO
    (970) 257-1750
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  • 2.  RE: Veneer Repair

    Member
    Posted 10-05-2022 20:46
    A photo would help.  Is this at the inner rim and pin block seam?

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    Regards,

    Jon Page
    mailto:jonpage@comcast.net
    http://www.pianocapecod.com
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  • 3.  RE: Veneer Repair

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 10-05-2022 21:30
    I'm sorry I didn't take a photo. The artists were coming to rehearse and I was focused on getting the tuning done in time. I hadn't seen the piano for a year, and I didn't remove the fallboard and cheek blocks see behind the blocks and what was behind the fallboard. What I could see was the "blister" and the marred surface that's readily visible on the portion of the case at the left end of the fallboard passes, which pasess (and rubs against) as it is lowered to cover the keys.

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    David Bauguess RPT
    Grand Junction CO
    (970) 257-1750
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  • 4.  RE: Veneer Repair

    Member
    Posted 10-05-2022 21:46
    It could just be glue failure causing a section of veneer to pull away from the inner rim.

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    Regards,

    Jon Page
    mailto:jonpage@comcast.net
    http://www.pianocapecod.com
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  • 5.  RE: Veneer Repair

    Member
    Posted 10-05-2022 22:52
    Without pictures it is hard to recommend a repair but it may be possible to put a glue in an injector syringe poke a hole in the blister and dispense the glue slowly followed up with a block of wood and clamp. Sounds like a failure of the glue and veneer bond.

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    James Kelly
    Owner- Fur Elise Piano Service
    Pawleys Island SC
    (843) 325-4357
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  • 6.  RE: Veneer Repair

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 10-06-2022 19:22
    I use an artists pallet knife to gradually work glue into the joint, then clamp with block (cork backing) and wax paper. The piano will be out of service for a few hours.

    Peter Grey Piano Doctor

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    Peter Grey
    Stratham NH
    (603) 686-2395
    pianodoctor57@gmail.com
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