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Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: BruceD] #2804312
01/20/19 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by BruceD
Originally Posted by Retsacnal
The baby is 8 years old now


They grow up so quickly, don't they? smile

Cheers!

Maybe the "baby" is outplaying the OP now?


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Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: Brent B] #2804323
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Most fallboards are removable. Why not just remove it? You can use something soft like a quilt to protect the keys from dust.

Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: Rank Piano Amateur] #2804347
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If there is a baby that is poking around the keyboard, you certainly do not want to open access to the delicate parts of the action!


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Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: BDB] #2805082
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I recently had an international flight and the air stewardesses gave my children small "goody bags" with toys. One of the toys was a little set of interlocking flexible rods of different colours and different lengths made of a soft plastic such as this:

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I spotted the potential and when I arrived home I fashioned them into a couple of piano hooks, placed at the far left and far right of the piano in a shape that allows them to latch in the space under the music desk towards the tuning pins, and into the inside of the piano lid viz:

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My children love them as they are colourful though I must admit I'd prefer for them to be plain black as it would blend better with the piano but beggars can't be choosers. However, these little gizmos do the job perfectly as it's impossible to shut the lid when it's held in place by them. As they have a soft foam-like texture are most unlikely to cause any harm to the piano finish too. Does anyone know what they are and where they might be available in black? The packet they came in had the name of a Chinese company that supplied fancy goods to airlines but its website was all in Chinese so I have no clue how to go about ordering any extra ones.

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Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: Jack Knuckle] #2805085
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Originally Posted by Jack Knuckle
...but its website was all in Chinese so I have no clue how to go about ordering any extra ones.

Some of us on PW might be able to assist in that regard if you provide the URL of their website, as there are a few Chinese speakers here smile


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Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: Brent B] #2805101
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Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: P W Grey] #2805115
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It doesn't look like they come in black. Some Krylon Fusion black spray paint might do the trick.

Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: Brent B] #2805144
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Here's a link to the website that was listed on the packet that the little plastic rods came in, just in case any Chinese forum members can advice further. The company appears to be called Zibo Rainbow.

http://www.sino-rainbow.com/

Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: Jack Knuckle] #2805149
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Originally Posted by Jack Knuckle
Here's a link to the website that was listed on the packet that the little plastic rods came in, just in case any Chinese forum members can advice further. The company appears to be called Zibo Rainbow.

http://www.sino-rainbow.com/

Jack Knuckle, did you see P W Grey's link above? Isn't that the very thing you got on the flight? Looks the same to me.


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Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: Brent B] #2805176
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Of course, you could go to the local hardware store and get some heavy gauge black insulated wire and bend it into a similar configuration.


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Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: Brent B] #2805253
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BDB, that's actually a pretty good idea.

Some 15 years ago I started developing a fairly elegant device to address this very issue (and more). I shelved it for startup cost reasons, plus I wasn't sure I could actually make a viable business out of it. But then that was before 3D printers and such. I still have all my prototype materials. Hard to predict a realistic market...and then there's the Chinese copycats...

Use wire.

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Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: Brent B] #2805348
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Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: Brent B] #2805364
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Babies tend to learn by trial and error. I know I did. I recall my mom going out to the garage via a door next to my high chair. I though it would be interesting to put all four fingers in the gap at the hinge side of the door. It slammed shut on them. I didn't do that a second time.

Re: Baby Safety: Device to hold fallboard open? [Re: Brent B] #2806780
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I'll bet that hurt. Not a fun day.

Gregor:

Too clunky for me.

Pwg

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