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#2415815 04/30/15 07:04 PM
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I have a Baldwin upright that I am selling, and I opened the top to check the serial number. This top is one of those that is one piece with the front (the music rack). The stupid thing is that I did this with the fallboard closed, and now I can't close the lid completely OR open the fallboard correctly. The buyer is coming to get the piano tomorrow, and I need to fix this. How do I do it? Can I take the fallboard off without damaging anything?


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If you bent the catches, or pulled out the fallboard hinges, you may need to hire someone to fix it. But otherwise you might be able to push the fallboard back an inch or so, and the catches will disengage, and you can lift the top. Then you can open the fallboard properly and close the top.


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Anyone? Please? Would a picture help?


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BDB, the top is completely lifted, and nothing is bent. I just can't get it closed so that the fall board will open, if that makes sense.


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Can you open the fallboard with the top open?


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It opens but not properly. I can't figure out It's designed with a metal piece on each side that mates with a metal piece (covered with felt) on the lid that catches -- IF the fall board is open.

Here's some pictures -- I hope this works:

[img:left]https://flic.kr/p/sp5Ja2[/img]

[img:left]https://flic.kr/p/s5KvCX[/img]


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I think you just have to physically lift the fallboard up and onto the guides at the side of the piano. Grab it front and back and lift it over any obstacles.


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BDB, thanks for the suggestions. I don't understand what guides you mean. There are some plastic channels, but the hinge is already over them. There seems to be no way to lift it any higher. I think you can see it in the first picture I posted earlier -- not sure if the link works, though.


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Your pictures are small so it is difficult for me to see them, and my memory is not great on this. The back of the fallboard has to be on top of the plastic guides, and over the metal stop that is on the strip at the back of the keys.

You may find it easier to remove the screws that hold the hinge in place, move the fallboard to the proper position, and then screw them back again. Or remove the plastic guides, move the fallboard back, and put the guides back again.


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PA, yes, the photos are kind of small, so they're hard to interpret. But, what it looks like to me, much as BDB said, that the fallboard has come too far forward, and has slipped off the tracks. What you might try doing is lift on the rear of the fallboard while pushing back on it, and see if it comes up on the tracks. Then it should slide right in.

If that doesn't work, could you maybe post some larger-scale, and better lit photos?

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It's been a long time since I last saw one of these but I seem to remember the lid prop swinging too freely and obstructing something if it's hinge screw wasn't tight.
Tighten the lid prop screw at the top and make sure it is tucked up securely out of the way so that it stays out of the way before closing the lid.


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Thank you for the suggestions. I think I ended up doing what Opera Tenor said -- somehow, after some tugging and jiggling of the fall board, I was able to slide it back. But I thought I was losing my mind!!

The buyer came and picked up the piano and all is well.


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