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#2050464 - 03/18/13 07:27 PM Studley Piano Tool Kit  
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Just ran across this and thought I
would share for those who haven't seen
this cool tool kit: cool
[Linked Image]

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#2050495 - 03/18/13 08:14 PM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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Very cool. What's the price tag on this thing?

I guess it's assumed you would keep your tuning lever elsewhere . . .


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#2050506 - 03/18/13 08:35 PM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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It's an antique in private collection now.... here's
some more information on the kit:
Studley Tool Kit History


ps. Tuning lever???
I guess he was more of a piano
cabinent worker than a tuner...

#2050529 - 03/18/13 09:34 PM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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The Studley is very studly!


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#2050530 - 03/18/13 09:41 PM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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I've seen it.

The guy was a piano builder. (Worked in a factory).


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#2050577 - 03/19/13 12:11 AM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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I have had the rare opportunity to not only see it, but "play" with it, exploring the different layers of tools, the various drawers and compartments, the latches, knobs and locks which keep everything in place. A truly magnificent piece, or rather, 3-D puzzle of hundreds of pieces.

#2050605 - 03/19/13 01:11 AM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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#2050685 - 03/19/13 06:56 AM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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I think that piece should be in the Smithsonian.

Everybody spot the Masonic symbol he worked in?


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#2050707 - 03/19/13 08:14 AM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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Shoot, I was hoping it was for sale.


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#2050867 - 03/19/13 01:10 PM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Craig Hair]  
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Originally Posted by Craig Hair
I think that piece should be in the Smithsonian.


It was there for a little bit:

"Studley was well into his 80s when he retired from the piano company. Before he died in 1925, Studley gave the tool chest to a friend. That man's grandson, Peter Hardwick, loaned the chest to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. in the late 1980s and later sold it to a private collector in the Midwest. That owner again sold the tool chest to another private collector, where it now resides."


#2051312 - 03/20/13 10:41 AM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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This man was a Craftsman in more ways than one.

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#2051669 - 03/20/13 11:10 PM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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Can't help wonder, how heavy is it?

Last edited by Dave B; 03/20/13 11:10 PM.

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#2052048 - 03/21/13 03:40 PM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Dave B]  
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Originally Posted by Dave B
Can't help wonder, how heavy is it?



"Considering how many tools it holds, the famous chest is really quite small;when closed, it is just 9 in. deep, 39 in. high, and just more than 18 in. wide. Yet it houses so many tools -- some 300 -- so densely packed that three strong men strain to lift it."
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#2052213 - 03/21/13 11:39 PM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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And another piece that intrigued me:

Quote
For every tool, Studley fashioned a holder to keep it in place and to showcase it. Miniature wrenches, handmade saws, and some still unidentified piano-making tools each have intricate inlaid holders.


Still unidentified piano-making tools?


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#2052214 - 03/21/13 11:42 PM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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Originally Posted by Plinky88
Originally Posted by Dave B
Can't help wonder, how heavy is it?



"Considering how many tools it holds, the famous chest is really quite small;when closed, it is just 9 in. deep, 39 in. high, and just more than 18 in. wide. Yet it houses so many tools -- some 300 -- so densely packed that three strong men strain to lift it."
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Ah, so this was back in the day when a man had the strength of 3 current day men... wink

#2053232 - 03/23/13 11:23 PM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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I'm guessing he didn't do house calls.


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#2063836 - 04/13/13 01:59 AM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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Here's a good video on it:

YouTube link


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#2063922 - 04/13/13 08:47 AM Re: Studley Piano Tool Kit [Re: Scott Hamlin]  
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Here's a little indication of the world of Mr. Studley.

[Linked Image]

It was a totally different world and craftsmanship was king.

(For a grin, check out the destination of the instrument. It is soooo Milwaukee!)


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