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Searching for Lindner hammer butt #652912 05/09/07 09:13 AM
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Hello, I have a client in Germany who is desperately trying to find replacement hammer butts for a Lindner piano manufactured in Ireland. They are quite a strange design (click thumbnail for a bigger picture) mainly made from plastic with a 'clip-on' flange without any screws.

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I have contacted the usual supply houses but nobody seems to be making these anymore. As a last resort I am now searching for used parts. Do you recognise this hammer butt? Has anyone ever stripped one of these actions and kept spare used parts?

I would be very greatful for any help.

Thanks, Greg Fordham
Take Note Piano Services
Based in U.K.

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Re: Searching for Lindner hammer butt #652913 05/09/07 04:02 PM
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Hi Greg,

Lindner was a brand of the Dutch Rippen Pianofactory. Lindner were very innovative, built in Shannon. Production stopped in 1973. Spare parts are difficult to find.
Still: in Holland a lot of Lindner piano's survive. Best idea: place an advertisement on www.marktplaats.nl and ask a complete Lindner: they have almost no value, it is possible to buy a complete Lindner piano for a nominal amount of money (maybe 50 euro).
The technical manual of Lindner piano's is very rare: your customer may ask me a scan, if he is interested.
Hope this helps?

regards,
Pieter Verhulst
www.pianoexpertise.nl

Re: Searching for Lindner hammer butt #652914 05/09/07 04:02 PM
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I'm a former employee of the Rippen piano factory in Holland. Rippen also had a plant at Shannon in Ireland, whre the Lindner pianos were made.

I'm quite sure you will not be able to find new butts.

Maybe you can find some old ones, however: these butts were made of PVC, which gets brittle when getting older, so very few few will have survived.

But maybe you will have some luck.

Another problem is that few people were happy with the Lindner (ask any tuner who ever met a Lindner if he was able to get and keep the piano well tuned).

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Thanks very much pieter verhulst & kijlstra for your replies, I'll pass the information on and continue the search!

Cheers, Greg

Re: Searching for Lindner hammer butt #652916 08/26/07 12:05 AM
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It is a long time since I came across a Lindner piano, but it was amazing how well they stood in tune. Yes, the plastic actions and keys eventually have failed, which is a pity because they were far better pianos than they appeared to be! I came across one Lindner grand which was a super design visually. It had the look of a harpsichord with a 'straight' bent side and stood on a central pedestal which also incorporated the pedals. I seem to remember that it was straight strung and about 5'6" long.

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I haven't seen a Lindner/Rippen in quite a while. The problem used to be the flanges rather than the butts. I made up a few replacement butt flanges in wood to keep a couple of these pianos working. On casual inspection I would say that your best hope is adapting a console type hammer butt as a replacement as any critical dimensions should be pretty close.

Tom Tuner

Re: Searching for Lindner hammer butt [Re: Take-Note] #1804335 12/11/11 03:03 PM
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Hi, I have obtained a supply of Lindner upright piano parts, hammer butts, balance rail clips (in working order), dampers, whippens, hammers, keys etc.

they were in the back of a retired techs shop.

if you need a specific part for this type of piano, please PM me.

thanks


Torger Baland
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Minneapolis / St. Paul
www.PapagenoPianoTuning.com
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