Bentley Upright - Now what do I do?

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Post by Barrie Heaton » 10 Jul 2004, 00:06

O’boy fun time – what ETA do you have? I would be very careful the cheep ones are way out in the top treble and you don’t have to go far wrong to break strings. As to buying a tuning leaver all depends where in the world you live, in the UK the supply houses normally will not supply none trade. However, if you look to the quick links to your left the one marked “piano parts” there is a list of companies that supply piano levers and string tools as well :)

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Post by Gill the Piano » 10 Jul 2004, 13:00

Please please please save yourself time and money and get it done professionally; we have to spend HOURS longer on pianos where people have 'done it themselves', and Barrie's right in saying it's very likely that you will break strings. If you break a bass string they have to be custom made for not less than twenty pounds each, and if you break a treble you need to buy a whole roll of piano wire (miles of it!) of exactly the right guage. More than one breakage = more than one roll of wire...how's your mortgage situation?! :shock: A tuner will tell you whether the piano is worth tuning (it sounds as though it is), what it's worth and how to look after it. Don't forget to make him a nice cup of tea - we charge extra if you don't! :D

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