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Replacing pedals on a Kawai RX-5 #2743301
06/09/18 09:09 PM
06/09/18 09:09 PM
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I have a few questions on replacing the pedals on a Kawai RX-5. Mine are pretty worn finish-wise and I'd like to replace them.

1-Is it an easy change? I looks like there are just some screws on the bottom of the lyre. Is it as simple as unscrewing the plate, popping the old ones out and snapping the new ones in?
2-Where would I even buy a replacement?
3-Should a non piano tech even be trying this? I am a licensed aircraft mechanic smile

Thanks,
Marcus


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Re: Replacing pedals on a Kawai RX-5 [Re: mivaldes] #2743308
06/09/18 10:27 PM
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You could send them an email and ask. Kawaius.com

Have you tried polishing them? I'm pretty sure they are solid brass and should be able to be polished.

There are companies that will professionally polish or re-brass items and make them look like new. This method would also ensure they fit your piano because they are still the originals. If you want they can also apply a protective coating which helps them keep their shine much longer.

This company will accept shipments, restore, and ship back. http://www.colonialbrass.net

Maybe there is a metal plating business in your area.

Best of luck to you.

Steve


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Re: Replacing pedals on a Kawai RX-5 [Re: mivaldes] #2744783
06/16/18 12:19 AM
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Kawai grand piano pedals are solid brass, and can be polished.

However, the RX pedals prior to about 2010 (sorry not sure of the year right now) were coated with an extremely hard clearcoat. This kept the pedals looking bright very long, but it makes them very hard to polish because the coating is so doggone hard! It takes a deburring wheel followed by polishing wheel, after which the pedals can be clear coated with standard lacquer. They will look great then - but it's not an easy job.

Our new pedals have no coating at all, which makes them extremely easy to polish and keep looking new. You can use a brass polish to clean them then follow with automotive wax and they look great, and it's very easy to do.

If you want to replace the pedals you can probably do it yourself, or your technician can install them for you as part of a tuning appointment for likely a small extra fee. You can contact Kawai company and order replacement pedals, or ask your piano tuner to order them for you. 800-421-2177, ask for piano parts. We do not have an online ordering system, so you need to call to order parts and provide a credit card for payment.

If you want to email to find out the price, here is the contact page for the Kawai America service department: http://www.kawaius-tsd.com/pages/contact.html


Don Mannino, MPA
Kawai America
Re: Replacing pedals on a Kawai RX-5 [Re: mivaldes] #2745184
06/17/18 11:14 PM
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Thanks so much Don! The way the sustain pedal is worn sure makes it look plated, but I may have another go at trying to shine it up with this information. I need to order a couple of the black keys too, so thanks again for the contact information.

Marcus


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Re: Replacing pedals on a Kawai RX-5 [Re: mivaldes] #2745476
06/18/18 09:30 PM
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BTW, I called Kawai USA and they were wonderful to talk to! I great bunch of people....


Marcus Valdes
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