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Ebony Sharps - how low is too low
#2862974 06/26/19 12:34 PM
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I've noticed that the original ebony sharps seem to be lower profile than other pianos (or new sharps for sale)....

I measured .465 - .470in whereas most new ones listed for sale are in the .545-.555 range.

the top contour on the sharps don't look modified or sanded/filed but the top edge and the bottom edge of the actual ebony portion are not parallel.. the area near the tail is lower than .470 by a small amount.

were older flats/sharps lower like this or did someone perhaps "refinish" them and reduce their height? and should they be shimmed up with ebony or will it matter to the player?

thanks.

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Doug,

Probably a good idea to raise them up with a cap of either ebony or rosewood. Make them at least 1/2" tall (I'm thinking .525") Those are mighty low. How old is this piano? And what make?

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'23 mason and hamlin model A

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Curious...are they 1/2" wide too?

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A topic of interest to me. I just measured the sharps on my 1877 Blüthner, and they stand at 7/16" (.438). My 1932 Mason & Hamlin is out of reach right now; my recollection as a player is that its sharps stand a bit higher, but not much. Both feel very comfortable to me—much nicer than the tall and lean type.


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