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I just picked up a Kimball-Whitney Spinet Circa 1978 #2206473
01/01/14 04:46 PM
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$40 to the owner, $40 to a guy with a truck and pads,
and $5 to the teenage kid next door when we got to my
house! Grand total: $85.

If you are in your mid 40's, don't try moving a piano! tired
Hire the professionals!

Ok, keys all in very good condition, no cracks in the bridge
or soundboard or plate.

Issues:

One string of Middle C is not properly pushing against
the pressure bar, and is instead rattling badly against
it, sounding like a very bad sizzle (this may be the reason the owner didn't like the piano anymore). The rattling goes away completely when I jam a mute between the strings:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drslick/sets/72157639282526875/

So I know I could just jam a piece of felt in between
the strings and be done with it, but I know that's
probably not the professional method. But if you take
a turn out of the coils so there is proper pressure,
you will not have the proper 3 turns on the tuning pin
anymore. What would you pros recommend?

Another issue: As you can see in the pics, a couple
of the hammers miss the 3rd string. It doesn't appear
I can adjust the hammer angle with a screwdriver. Do
I have to remove the action to fix this, or can I use
a lighter to heat up the shafts, and bend them that way?

I should probably remove the action just for the
experience, but I mainly got this piano as a testbed
for different tunings.

The string grooves in the felt don't look too bad. It
doesn't look like the piano was played too much for a
1978 model, and most of the wear is in the upper and middle octaves. Should I reshape the hammers just for the experience?

I retrospect, I'm glad I didn't get the Knabe, even
though it would have sounded much better and would have
been easier to work on, because otherwise I would be
spending lots of time gluing new key tops on almost all the
white keys. If he still has that one later, I might
try it, but this piano is better to ease me into the
work.

Thanks to all the pros for any advice...

Last edited by Paul678; 01/01/14 05:15 PM.
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Re: I just picked up a Kimball-Whitney Spinet Circa 1978 [Re: Paul678] #2206520
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That "very bad sizzle" is the trademark of a 1970's Whitney spinet. smile


Eric Gloo
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Re: I just picked up a Kimball-Whitney Spinet Circa 1978 [Re: Eric Gloo] #2206546
01/01/14 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric Gloo
That "very bad sizzle" is the trademark of a 1970's Whitney spinet. smile


So should I just jam a piece of felt between the
strings?

Also, I notice the amount of travel of the white
keys is not very much on this piano. Is there
some way to perhaps use thinner front rail
punchings, to increase the travel? And would that
have any effect on the loudest note you could
play? Or would that only increase the movement
of the keys?

Re: I just picked up a Kimball-Whitney Spinet Circa 1978 [Re: Paul678] #2206622
01/01/14 09:39 PM
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Ok, I understand about trade secrets.

But I just used a heat gun like they show here:

http://www.raglandpiano.com/recondition2.htm

Worked like a charm to straighten two of the hammers.

I neatly put some felt between the middle C strings,
and kinda pushed it between the offending string
and the pressure bar. Works well.

I saw the method of securing drop stickers with
some coat hangers while removing the action, but since
I just got this piano, I don't want to screw something
up today. Maybe next week though... smile

Ok, Tunelab time!! Will let you know how it goes....gonna
try the higher bass stretch this time. 8:4

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