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#1616508 - 02/09/11 09:43 PM Papps wedges - who uses them?  
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My preferred method of muting uprights is to use papps wedges, apart from strip muting the temperament section. It appears that rubber wedges are the norm from my reading on this forum. My first teacher showed me how to insert papps wedges between hammer shanks and that is how I am still most comfortable. After setting the temperament, the rest of the piano can be rapidly tuned with a single wedge, although I usually use two when working up through the upper octaves.

Do other forum members use this method, or have criticisms?


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#1616525 - 02/09/11 10:02 PM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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I've used the Papps treble mute for years. Speedy. Great for pitch raises.


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#1616528 - 02/09/11 10:07 PM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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I use one Papps mute, but only in the treble, in combination with a narrow rubber mute or a wooden stick mute (leather covered). The Papps make a bit of a click but you get used to it. This is also my weapon of choice for overdamper pianos.

#1616536 - 02/09/11 10:14 PM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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I use them sometimes. I found that it helped to roughen up the surface where they touch the strings so they don't slip out as easy.


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#1616596 - 02/10/11 12:15 AM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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I carry a couple of them. Just the thing for some hard to reach situations. I strip and rubber mute and Papps, depending on what I feel like, and the situation at hand. Ryan, thanks for the roughening-up tip, I think I'll do that to mine.


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#1616612 - 02/10/11 12:53 AM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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In tuning verticals I always use one Papps mute in the treble, where there is no place for a wedge mute between the dampers and the hammers. Where there are no more dampers I usually get back to the two wedge mutes I use for the tenor notes.

For birdcage pianos a Papps mute is imperative!



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#1616663 - 02/10/11 04:23 AM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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Typically I use the white rubber wedges on the treble in uprights but there are situations where no other mutes will work. Good to have as many choices of tools with you as possible. Also, the box the mute comes in makes a handy straight edge.


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#1616673 - 02/10/11 05:56 AM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: pianocat88]  
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I've been using Papps mute since I started tuning almost 30 years ago. I use it after the treble break. They also come in handy for retrieving rubber mute that fall down into the action between the hammers and dampers. I keep a spare in my case because at some point they will break.


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#1616713 - 02/10/11 08:00 AM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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Typically I use rubber and felt mutes. I cut the vertical mutes on angles clipping off the very edges of them making both sides into a V but the middle of the felt is still flat for about 1/8" or so. Easily fits between the strings and dampers better. If I can remember, always a problem for me, I'll take a picture and post it sometime... I do likewise with my bass rubber mutes. It takes away that little useless flap that gets in the way that is left over on brand new mutes if you know what I mean. Makes the mutes mushy.

For some reason, Papps and me never seem to get along. And yes, I was a good boy, papps spanked me a lot of times though! OHHH! You're talking mutes! smile Papps seems like more of a waste of time than a time saver. Unless I'm picture something different? But, then again, I'm probably using them wrong. So what else is new huh?


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#1616732 - 02/10/11 08:44 AM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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Jerry,

Please do take pictures and post them here. I'm trying to understand what you wrote (both sides a V), but for the life of me... wink


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#1616733 - 02/10/11 08:46 AM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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I just usually run through with a single rubber mute.


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#1617135 - 02/10/11 06:34 PM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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For those of you who don't use a papps mute then how do you deal with the high treble damped section in uprights, where there is not enough place between the dampers and hammer's heads to insert the wedge mutes?

Sometimes I find my self losing alot of time trying to make the rubber mutes fit in there and still allow the hammer's head to strike the strings.



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#1617171 - 02/10/11 07:30 PM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Gadzar]  
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Originally Posted by Gadzar
...how do you deal with the high treble damped section in uprights, where there is not enough place between the dampers and hammer's heads to insert the wedge mutes?

I strip-mute it the way I think Bill Bremmer has described here before:

Cut a strip in half lengthwise so it's relatively narrow. Insert as usual, taking a bit of care in making the loops not too big, then slide them down carefully so they tuck in under the dampers. Usually I have to lift the dampers carefully with my fingers if the pedal doesn't bring them up high enough for the loops to fit. On the way back down while tuning unisons, you get good at doing it carefully so it doesn't mess up the damper felts.

Since I'm already on a roll by the time I get to the top of the damped section, I keep going above the damper section doing the same thing until I run out of strip length. It usually requires two sections of the narrower strip mute.

If it doesn't work for whatever reason, I pull out the Papps mute smile



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#1617178 - 02/10/11 07:37 PM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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I use narrow rubber mutes. The smallest from Schaff are 1/4" wide.


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#1617199 - 02/10/11 08:33 PM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Jerry Groot RPT]  
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Originally Posted by Jerry Groot RPT
Papps seems like more of a waste of time than a time saver. Unless I'm picture something different? But, then again, I'm probably using them wrong. So what else is new huh?


smile One can get very fast with papps mutes, though, Jerry. It's a little bit like eating with chop sticks! :-D

I use papps mutes in uprights a lot, and I especially like the fact that I can single out any string of the unison easily, if needed.

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#1617302 - 02/10/11 11:30 PM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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Hi Gang,

This first picture is what I do to most of my mutes. First, they are way to thin at the very TIP. So, first, I make a formation kind of like the V but no so drastic I guess, as I did here with a scissors on both edges coming down on an angle. It makes it easier to get in by the treble dampers which by the way, I always push down on the sustaining pedal before I insert the mutes otherwise you can very easily push the felt off from the dampers.

Secondly, after I have it "formed" if you will, I trim maybe 1/16" off of the from lip-edge of the mute to make it a bit stiffer, not so flippy, or floppy.

[Linked Image]

The 2nd picture is the entire length of both mutes laid on a typical sized paper toweling. I love the longer mutes. They are easier to get into things. It gives me more working room. And, if they start to fall (BDB) no strings attached, hehe, I can catch them quicker! smile

[Linked Image]


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#1617327 - 02/11/11 12:36 AM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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Nice pics, Jer!

Without exception, I find the last couple of dampers in the treble to be severely assaulted on their right side by earlier tuners. Are you people guilty of this annoyance too, or is it a local thing? smile

With papps mutes, that simply doesn't happen.

Pat

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#1617332 - 02/11/11 12:43 AM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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PS --- I had to make my own mutes out of school rubber (? is there a better word for this? - sounds ambiguous smile ) because the rubber mutes I ordered as a novice from international piano supply where heavily latex-based, and I developed severe allergic reactions to them. --- DS


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#1617558 - 02/11/11 09:56 AM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: Chris Leslie]  
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I find the last couple of dampers in the treble to be severely assaulted on their right side by earlier tuners.


Thanks Patrick. Yes, I find far to many dampers that have just been SHOVED with the mutes and then when the notes are played, the felt tears apart from the damper head. Maddening to run into that when it is easily avoidable.


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#1617594 - 02/11/11 10:58 AM Re: Papps wedges - who uses them? [Re: BDB]  
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Originally Posted by BDB
I use narrow rubber mutes. The smallest from Schaff are 1/4" wide.


Same here. In the upper treble I may have to lift the damper a bit to get it low enough.


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