• 1.  What is I'm seeing on this bridge?

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 03-17-2023 20:35

    1977 Schafer & Sons 82" grand.

    Piano was purchased for the sole purpose of being furniture. Probably hasn't been serviced since new because "it's furniture" and nobody plays it. Case is like new and no signs of damage inside, or abuse. In spite of mom's desire to keep it as furniture, daughter now want's it tuned so she can play it when she visits. After four broken strings during two pitch raises it came together very nicely. Surprisingly so. But I noticed that the bridges looked very wrong. So today's question is, what is it that's going on with the top of these bridges? Whatever it is it is happening across both long and short bridges. 

    Funky Bridge Top

    Geoff Sykes, RPT
    Los Angeles CA

  • 2.  RE: What is I'm seeing on this bridge?

    Posted 03-17-2023 20:38
    Hi, Geoff,

    Vern (Schafer) had those built to a price point to be used as furniture (as well as to make a profit).

    Expect the worst; and don't be disappointed.

    Kind regards.


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  • 3.  RE: What is I'm seeing on this bridge?

    Posted 03-17-2023 23:40

    looks like blobs of DAG when it gets dried out in the bottle as well as poorly notched and poor pinning on the cap. String spacing no looking great either

    James Kelly
    Owner- Fur Elise Piano Service
    Pawleys Island SC
    (843) 325-4357

  • 4.  RE: What is I'm seeing on this bridge?

    Posted 03-18-2023 01:52

    This looks like an excessivly heavy application of DAG that is blistering.

    You can ignore it or try wire brushing it off, I wouldn't worry much.

    Blaine Hebert RPT
    Duarte CA
    (626) 795-5170