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Torque wrench for measuring tuning pins
#2160414 10/01/13 10:26 AM
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Hello everyone,
for those of you who use a torque wrench to measure tuning pin tightness, which do you use: -"needle" type, or "click"? I'm already aware of the adequate range (around 200 in/lbs).

I realise they both have advantages and disadvantages, but do you feel like one is better than the other for this specific use?

thanks in advance for your comments
Martin


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Hi Martin,

In general, I don't thnk many tuners use torque wrenches. They just go by feel.

I use a needle type to make before and after demonstrations of techniques for dealing with loose tuning pins.

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With tuning pins, tuning lever and exclusively by feel. For plate screws/bolts, the needle type torque wrench. But preference had nothing to do with it. This was due to already having the needle type for auto repair.

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I just bought this off of ebay,
http://www.ebay.com/itm/231043892848?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_1368wt_957

All mechanical, no electronics as you find in more recent models.
Relieved to see that most of the low strings on my 125 year old Conover are around 100 in-lbs, and that is at 30% RH. Will check a few more when the humidity goes down to about 12%. I have been bringing up the low string in a trichord in the tenor section where I am practicing to learn to play piano. That change makes the piano ever so much nicer sounding.


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http://www.ebay.com/itm/231043892848?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_1368wt_957

Anyone know how to make this into a link?


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Tuneless = Don't play piano yet but getting there.
I'm technically very capable. I love my piano and love tinkering with it.
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I use a needle type to make before and after demonstrations of techniques for dealing with loose tuning pins. - Mark Cerisano, RPT


Ditto that - especially for "nuts and bolts" type of customers, having a tool that shows precisely how loose (or tight) the pins are makes for an effective demonstration:
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Originally Posted by Mark Cerisano, RPT
In general, I don't think many tuners use torque wrenches. They just go by feel.
That would be me, I guess. I used to have the needle type, but after a few shop moves I seem to have lost it, and never really missed it ... 'till now. blush


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