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#1340279 - 01/04/10 02:02 AM Ludwig Upright Piano - Need a bit of technical advice  
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I recently acquired a Ludwig & Co Ericson upright piano, and it has two broken hammershanks, one unseated/unglued jack flange, and one broken string. I therefore have three questions:
1) Replacing the hammershanks and hammers seems straightforward, but should I also replace other parts of the action on those keys as well?
2) As far as the unseated jack flange (not on a broken hammershank key) goes, is there a specific glue to use, or will carpenter's glue suffice?
3) What is the preferred way of replacing a string?

Your expertise and advice will be greatly appreciated.

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#1340293 - 01/04/10 02:46 AM Re: Ludwig Upright Piano - Need a bit of technical advice [Re: PianoManJesse]  
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The preferred way of doing all of these things is to call someone who knows what they are doing.

You have an old upright in bad shape. How bad that shape is cannot be ascertained by the information you have given. The work that should be done on it will depend on a lot of factors. Your best chance for success is to discuss it with someone who has seen the piano and can assess what you want to do with it.


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#1340560 - 01/04/10 01:17 PM Re: Ludwig Upright Piano - Need a bit of technical advice [Re: BDB]  
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BDB,

Thank you for your prompt reply. As you said, there is no way you can tell how bad a shape it is in without seeing it. It is actually in great shape for a 102 year old piano. It has been kept up by skilled techs like yourself, with more than 300 servicings recorded inside. I believe that it was in a church for the majority of its life, so it is reasonable to assume that it was greatly loved and much cared for. I agree that the easiest way to fix the piano would be to call a qualified technician, but fixing it myself would give me much more satisfaction. Any suggestions that do not involve giving the job to a technician would please me greatly.

#1340567 - 01/04/10 01:30 PM Re: Ludwig Upright Piano - Need a bit of technical advice [Re: PianoManJesse]  
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I agree that the easiest way to fix the piano would be to call a qualified technician, but fixing it myself would give me much more satisfaction. Any suggestions that do not involve giving the job to a technician would please me greatly.

No doubt it would. Therefore, I suggest that you look for a course on piano technology.


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#1340578 - 01/04/10 01:43 PM Re: Ludwig Upright Piano - Need a bit of technical advice [Re: BDB]  
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PMJ:

Yes, I have some suggestions.

These sorts of questions have been asked before. You can use the search feature of this Forum to find Topics on replacing strings and action repairs and piano tuning courses.

You can also ask if someone would PM you. It would be best if just one or two people gave you advice. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

You see this is not a Do-It-Yourself Forum, but that does not mean you cannot get the help you want. This is just not the place.

Best of Luck!


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#1340579 - 01/04/10 01:43 PM Re: Ludwig Upright Piano - Need a bit of technical advice [Re: BDB]  
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300 servicings??? That piano would be interesting to see. With that many tunas after it it should have new string, hammers, keytops, flanges, yada, yada, yada. Post a picture of the innards. Pull the bottom board and get a good shot of the bass bridge and board. Get a pic of the action and I'd be curious to see the soundboard and ribs from behind.

#1340708 - 01/04/10 04:34 PM Re: Ludwig Upright Piano - Need a bit of technical advice [Re: Sam Casey]  
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"... it was in a church for the majority of its life, so it is reasonable to assume that it was greatly loved and much cared for."

The exact opposite is usually the case with church pianos.


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