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Using Old Ivory
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Is it possible to salvage and use the original ivory key tops (the entire set) from an old upright to restore the keys on the same era grand?

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Originally Posted by DougD
Is it possible to salvage and use the original ivory key tops (the entire set) from an old upright to restore the keys on the same era grand?


Yes, it is possible. Feasible or reasonable, not so much. Usually, upright keys are not quite as wide as grand keys, so you would have larger gaps between keys. Also. they don't often match in length, either. ivory is fragile, and it is not always possible to remove all of them without destroying the key. If the old keys are to be junked, just submerge them in a bucket of water and wait a few days to collect the loose ivory. Bear in mind that the ivory off of a C will not fit a D, nor the G fit the A, etc....
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umm, let me add, that after one soaks off a set of ivory, the drying of those chips is an art in itself. They like to warp and split....
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DougD, by "restore the keys", do you mean fix up the coverings on one or two damaged ones, or do you mean replace the coverings on the whole set of white keys? If the latter, trying to get a set of ivories off an old upright and make them fit, is NOT the way to go, in my opinion.

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While reusing old ivory is technically feasible, be sure that you are not violating federal or state laws before you proceed.
Take a look at this page from the Piano Technicians Guild:
http://www.ptg.org/scripts/4disapi....ocument&DocID=608&MenuKey=Menu27


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I use old ivory for mundane tasks, like scraping things off where I might have used a fingernail.


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thats kind of what i thought would be the case....

my original ivories are long gone.

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DougD, you’d need to make sure they will fit before attempting. You should measure the keytops of the piano you want to replace the tops and the potential replacements. It’d be worth the effort to me to put ivory keytops on a piano that didn’t have them, if possible.

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Originally Posted by BDB
I use old ivory for mundane tasks, like scraping things off where I might have used a fingernail.


BDB, I'm pretty sure that's in violation of the law. You better stop doing that.

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I am not doing it commercially.


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JK (just kidding)...you're supposed to laugh hysterically.

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