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#2656142 06/24/17 08:01 PM
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The action was out on the porch today. My technician gave the hammers a nice sanding. Lots of felt left. Looks like this was the first time they'd been sanded.

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David Farley #2656154 06/24/17 08:38 PM
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Looks good, David!

It looks like you have a new hammer shank and flange on C-88. I've always read that it is best to leave some string groves in the center of the strike-point so as not to get the hammer face misaligned with the strings. Of course, you can always re-align and mate the hammer-to-strings.

Did the tech do any voicing/needling? It's amazing how much better the tone of a piano can sound after the hammer filing, shaping and voicing!

All the best!!

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Originally Posted by Rickster
Looks good, David!

It looks like you have a new hammer shank and flange on C-88. I've always read that it is best to leave some string groves in the center of the strike-point so as not to get the hammer face misaligned with the strings. Of course, you can always re-align and mate the hammer-to-strings.

Did the tech do any voicing/needling? It's amazing how much better the tone of a piano can sound after the hammer filing, shaping and voicing!

All the best!!

Rick



Thanks. He's doing some more work today, but it's an incremental process. I played it a little right after he put the action back into the piano. Much more clarity than before.

If you look close you might see that it was C4 that broke, and my technician decided to swap the original C88 for the broken C4 and put the replacement hammer on C88. This was done quite a while ago and it seems to work fine.

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David Farley #2656170 06/24/17 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by David Farley
If you look close you might see that it was C4 that broke, and my technician decided to swap the original C88 for the broken C4 and put the replacement hammer on C88. This was done quite a while ago and it seems to work fine.

That sounds like a good decision on the part of your technician. Swapping out the new shank and flange on C8 (key #88) doesn't look as awkward as it would on C4, and would match the others better. Besides, it is not often we play C8. smile

Also, in my view, only the best quality acoustic pianos would have any clarity or discernment of tone on C8 anyway. Most others only produce a "thud" sound at C8.

All the best!

Rick


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Looks like you had nice hammer shaping weather!

What model piano did your action come out of? Looks like an older piano.


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