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by Tom Tuner
26 Aug 2008, 19:04
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Fortepianos 1731-1760
Replies: 3
Views: 4159

I can borrow a copy of vol. I for two weeks at a time, so I will set things motion to do that.
by Tom Tuner
22 Aug 2008, 18:51
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Fortepianos 1731-1760
Replies: 3
Views: 4159

You might take a look at the Martha Novak Clinkscale book to see what museums have such pianos in their collections
by Tom Tuner
18 Jun 2008, 18:24
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Chicago Cottage Piano
Replies: 2
Views: 3892

The Chicago Cottage Organ Company eventually became The Cable Company. A Cable serial number would be about 1887.
by Tom Tuner
03 Jun 2008, 17:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: taking a piano apart
Replies: 3
Views: 4178

In extremis it is possible to remove the legs, toe blocks and keybed, but as noted re-assembly is a bit of a task. This has to be done carefully to avoid case damage. Not a do-it-yourself job.
by Tom Tuner
03 Jun 2008, 17:30
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Wheelock Baby Grand
Replies: 5
Views: 5847

Yes, quite a number of reprodicing grands had six legs in three sets of two. The pairs were commonly connected by a skirt or console at the top and by a spindle or stretcher lower down,
by Tom Tuner
30 May 2008, 18:25
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Wheelock Baby Grand
Replies: 5
Views: 5847

GX may be a style number. Aeolian went on making grands and reproducers through the 1930's after sales of uprights went to nearly zero. Are there any indications that it ever had a reproducing mechanism installed? Merely having paired legs does not prove anything.
by Tom Tuner
22 Apr 2008, 17:36
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bearing points
Replies: 13
Views: 9499

A thirty year-old spinet is not dead yet, unless it was d.o.a. Changing the plain-wire strings will not improve anything except your stringing expertise, unless they are terminally rusty.
by Tom Tuner
22 Apr 2008, 17:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: HELP! blotchy soundboard
Replies: 4
Views: 4743

You didn't tell us what it that you are working on (I found out from Piano World). In restoring historic or antique instruments the general rule is not to use materials that are going to seriously compromise the authenticity of the piano. Your idea of using varnish that is loaded with filler is not ...
by Tom Tuner
17 Apr 2008, 18:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: HELP! blotchy soundboard
Replies: 4
Views: 4743

Oxalic acid solution can be used to lift rust without distressing the wood further. One wonders what happened to cause rust to drip on the sdbd. Methanol will probably not satisfactorly remove the finish. If this is an antique the finish is doubtless shellac, which will come off with ethanol or aqua...
by Tom Tuner
11 Apr 2008, 17:20
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Stohlman, New York
Replies: 3
Views: 4344

Stohlman does not turn up in Presto, Dolge, or any lists of piano makers, nor as a known player-piano. Look inside to see if the is any attribution on the cast-iron frame or on the underside of the lid itself. At least you have added one datum to the record; Pierce (Michael's) does not even mention ...
by Tom Tuner
07 Apr 2008, 18:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mahler; Lindner in disguise?
Replies: 38
Views: 26985

That's very useful to know, and it would have been even more helpful 20 years ago when I was still seeing an occasional Lindner. None have come my way since then. One wonders, however, how long replacement parts of the original material could be expected to last.
by Tom Tuner
07 Apr 2008, 18:35
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bearing points
Replies: 13
Views: 9499

Any buzzing is unlikely to arise at the V-bar or pressure bar unless it is not exerting enough pressure. This is not something to fool around with in the hopes of making an improvement. Look elsewhere for the buzz.
by Tom Tuner
03 Apr 2008, 21:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Mahler; Lindner in disguise?
Replies: 38
Views: 26985

Airfix were well built. No use for the stands 'tho. I can't imagine even a small grand piano being very stable on such a base. Must be fun to move.
I had no trouble making replacement key springs for the plastic keyboards, but making replacements for the plastic flanges was not fun.
by Tom Tuner
03 Apr 2008, 21:14
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bearing points
Replies: 13
Views: 9499

Pressure bar in the U.S. also.
by Tom Tuner
31 Mar 2008, 18:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Just a thought....
Replies: 21
Views: 12794

vernon has that right! One thing that keeps this interesting is that there is always something new and more to learn.
Besides, no two pianos are ever exactly the same.
by Tom Tuner
31 Mar 2008, 18:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What to do what to do!
Replies: 12
Views: 9517

It is your piano so you may do as you like with it. It might save you some grief to read up a bit before plunging in, just so you have some idea of what you are getting into. Each of us had to start someplace. Incidentally, do not be put off by dire warnings about string breakage. Unless the wire is...
by Tom Tuner
24 Mar 2008, 19:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano bench truck
Replies: 8
Views: 6581

There are images of catalogue pages showing four different piano tilters on my www.flickr.com page. Enter 'tom tuner' on the search line and click on "People". I can take photos and close-ups of the one I use and get measurements if you need them. Also a couple of accessories (clamps and wedges) tha...
by Tom Tuner
14 Mar 2008, 18:34
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Torquing Rubbish...
Replies: 6
Views: 5605

Wrestpins with no bushings that stand a long way out of the plank are much more subject to "flagpolling", bending slightly, which does not conduce to tuning stability. Very tight pins can twist at the top of the embedded section, with respect to the bottom of the pin. When or if this subsequently un...
by Tom Tuner
14 Mar 2008, 18:26
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Origin of trichords in pianos
Replies: 4
Views: 4810

Although trichords are not half again as loud as bichords, they sustain longer. One article in Science magazine some years back was a discussion of how the slight phase differences among three strings (which amount to slight differences in tuning) cause them to transfer energy among themselves. It i...
by Tom Tuner
12 Mar 2008, 18:53
Forum: Piano History
Topic: JBS piano
Replies: 3
Views: 4247

If you look closely you will see that the letters and numbers are stamped, not "carved" into the wood. JBS might be J.B. Simpson who made Arion pianos and was later part of Estey Piano Co. An Arion serial number would indicate a date of 1910. If an Estey number it would be 1917. I don't know about A...
by Tom Tuner
10 Mar 2008, 19:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Cleaning action components
Replies: 4
Views: 4349

The sand-blasting method (on not too high pressure) with white silica sand has worked well for me. It will leave a frosted finish on metal items, so you might want to keep it off spoons, for instance.
by Tom Tuner
10 Mar 2008, 19:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: tuning
Replies: 21
Views: 11283

Rubber wedge bass mutes are more secure and less damaging to organ keys than a screwdriver.
by Tom Tuner
10 Mar 2008, 19:09
Forum: Piano History
Topic: JBS piano
Replies: 3
Views: 4247

If the mirror is 6" high and runs the width of the case you have a "mirror piano" which has been cut down from an old upright. The mirror was installed to make it appear shorter. It may be necessary to remove the mirror, which would have to be done to tune it in any case, to determine whether there ...
by Tom Tuner
06 Mar 2008, 18:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U3 soft pedal
Replies: 4
Views: 5300

The "grey alloy" is grey cast iron which can easily be brazed with a nickel-bearing fluxed rod. This won't work with a propane torch, it doesn't get hot enough. A welding shop should easily be able to repair it with a wire-fed TIG welder. In any case, remove the brass toe cap first as it would other...
by Tom Tuner
06 Mar 2008, 18:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: tuning
Replies: 21
Views: 11283

It's not that tuning is so difficult to learn (unless you are a musician who can't get the hang of listening to beats), but the sheer amount of practice required to attain even minimal competence is very tedious, actually pretty boring if your master keeps you hard at it. Having only one piano to pr...
by Tom Tuner
03 Mar 2008, 22:40
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Behning & Sons
Replies: 1
Views: 2586

The evident construction date for this piano would appear to be 1903.
by Tom Tuner
26 Feb 2008, 18:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Twangy note
Replies: 14
Views: 9892

Dampers can develop a crust on the surface which can cause a "twang" when the touch the strings, even if nothing has actually been spilled. This usually shows up in old uprights. Take a toothbrush which is no longer employed, cut the (plastic) bristles off short so they have sharp ends and are good ...
by Tom Tuner
26 Feb 2008, 18:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Consolette??? Help
Replies: 8
Views: 7744

Kimball did make 'consolettes' , but not short keyboards. The term was not exclusive to Kimball. If it were a Kimball the badge would be on the lower right edge of the fallboard, not under it. Kimballs made in the last 50 years or so will have the serial number stamped in the wood plank over the bac...
by Tom Tuner
14 Feb 2008, 19:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Making Bass Strings
Replies: 7
Views: 5377

All the bass string spinning machines I've seen have the spindle with the hook and the chuck turning together via a backshaft. I believe the important point about the core wire tension is that it be sufficint to keep from being pulled too much out of line by tension on the covering wire.

Tom Tuner
by Tom Tuner
14 Feb 2008, 19:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano rebuilders in Atlanta?
Replies: 2
Views: 1986

Don Bennett has received excellent recommendations.

Tom Tuner
by Tom Tuner
11 Feb 2008, 20:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano wire questions... please help...
Replies: 3
Views: 3135

I've sold it to a truck repair shop for replacing a "choke cable" (bowden cable) and to a construction crew for a plumb line to set up an elevator shaft. After I had to fish my car keys out through the window with the coil of wire I fortunately had with me I started keeping the keys clipped to my be...
by Tom Tuner
08 Feb 2008, 20:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: De-oiling action
Replies: 3
Views: 3222

VM&P naphtha or trichloroethelene (which is lots more expensive).
For the well-being of the piano action, kindly do this out-of-doors well away from any sources of combustion.

Tom Tuner
by Tom Tuner
05 Feb 2008, 21:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: German Eyes
Replies: 3
Views: 3976

Didn't you ask this on Piano World? In any case my answer is the same: get a looping machine. It isn't very expensive and does a neat, consistent job. Sure, you can make them by hand, but who wants to do that for an entire set of treble strings? Waste of time! For about #20 and larger wire (USW&S ga...
by Tom Tuner
05 Feb 2008, 18:56
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano rebuilders in Atlanta?
Replies: 2
Views: 1986

Off the top of my head, no. But let me ask around; I've plenty of contacts who are likely to know.

Tom Tuner
by Tom Tuner
05 Feb 2008, 18:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Wiry tone
Replies: 4
Views: 4125

Well I am very pleased to hear that you were able to have the problem taken care of, and now we know what it was. Voicing ordinarily has nothing to do with there being agraffes or not (unless there is a string rattle in one), it is to do with with felt density and the distribution of tension and com...
by Tom Tuner
05 Feb 2008, 18:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: On its death bed
Replies: 24
Views: 12637

If a previous tuner brought it up to "concert pitch" you know it is at least structurally competent, and not a complete write-off. One loose wrest-pin is not a catastrophe, there are plenty of ways to mend that which do not involve crossing one's fingers and hoping it will stay put.

Tom Tuner
by Tom Tuner
30 Jan 2008, 19:49
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bearing points
Replies: 13
Views: 9499

String bearing points are the places on the iron frame or bridge where the string changes its direction such the counter-pressure bar, the pressure bar, agraffe, front bridge pin, back bridge pin, aliquot or duplex scale plate or bar.
by Tom Tuner
30 Jan 2008, 19:44
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: On its death bed
Replies: 24
Views: 12637

The dates of the awards, medals etc. only give a date which the piano could not have been made before, not what year it was actually made. It probably pre-dates 1920 as no one much bothered making claims about gold metals and such after. If you are acurately reporting your tuner's evaluation you sho...
by Tom Tuner
21 Dec 2007, 20:07
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Boyd Ltd of London Harmonium
Replies: 2
Views: 3656

Ord-Hume mentions Boyd Ltd. as being described in a trade directory as harmonium makers as of 1929. As they evidently made player pianos they might have made harmoniums. Of course many firms merely assembled components manufactured by others.

Tom
by Tom Tuner
12 Dec 2007, 19:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Red October Piano
Replies: 4
Views: 4949

Neither Kimball nor WurliTzer have case styles or finishes to commend them in the least.

Tom
by Tom Tuner
10 Dec 2007, 20:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Red October Piano
Replies: 4
Views: 4949

Krazny Oktobersk, or whatever they are in cyrillic, are not absolute junk, merely rather mediocre. The casework can be fairly nice, but the hardware appears to have been chewed out of the metal by rodents with dull teeth. Other than for their decorative value, if you care for that sort of styling, t...
by Tom Tuner
10 Dec 2007, 20:10
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Stultz & Bauer piano
Replies: 5
Views: 4203

Have your piano technician find out whether the piano is worth refinishing first. Then have him or her show you how to completely disassemble the case trimmings before proceeding. The coat of paint has undoubtedly seeped into the joints and glued all the case parts together. When you strip it the pa...
by Tom Tuner
07 Dec 2007, 20:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Alternative materials, Bosendorfer & Heracy?
Replies: 23
Views: 16547

In the 1980's Estey Piano (related to the organ company only in the distant past) turned out console pianos with molded plastic cases. These were no recommendation for the practice.
by Tom Tuner
30 Oct 2007, 18:51
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Wheelock New York
Replies: 2
Views: 3131

Wheelock was one of Aeolian Co.'s moderate quality lines. Decent, but not distinguished instruments.

Tom Tuner
by Tom Tuner
15 Oct 2007, 18:26
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Chippendale upright
Replies: 2
Views: 2290

As far as style goes, it's a plain black box. Obviously a "stencil", I was hoping the name might be recognized. I'm working from photos, so further inspection isn't possible.

Tom
by Tom Tuner
12 Oct 2007, 18:27
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Chippendale upright
Replies: 2
Views: 2290

Chippendale upright

I can find no listing of a maker for this name. It is about the size of a small studio upright, 85 keys, overdampers, tape-check action. Serial number given as 2332. On general appearences I would guess 1950's.

Tom Tuner
by Tom Tuner
11 Oct 2007, 18:31
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Nathaniel Berry
Replies: 6
Views: 4875

I was going by the so-called ship's pianos I have seen from the 1930's which do have folding keyboards. These are about the size of a console or small studio piano. A magazine adv't from about 1938 went on about one such as fitting modern room furnishing.

Tom Tuner
by Tom Tuner
11 Oct 2007, 18:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Twang
Replies: 27
Views: 15474

Well, it is a significant datum that the problem was noticed by you nearly from new, and that it is becoming worse. Either the foreign object is migrating, the string termination is continuing to deteriorate, or the damper is on the verge of ceasing to work at all.

Tom Tuner
by Tom Tuner
05 Oct 2007, 19:01
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Nathaniel Berry
Replies: 6
Views: 4875

They were designed as, and intended for decorator items that would not look like pianos when the keyboard was folded up. Supposedly would resemble a bookcase or some other item of furniture.

Tom Tuner
by Tom Tuner
05 Oct 2007, 18:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Twang
Replies: 27
Views: 15474

Something must have changed. The note(s) did not always do this, and the others do not. There is an anomaly somewhere. Has the piano been moved, dropped, subjected to environmental extremes, abused, taken part in "prepared piano" recitals, played at a party, or otherwise placed in any situation whic...