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#2953315 03/01/20 04:33 PM
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When moving my 91 Baldwin M, a few (15 to be exact) of the felts came off of the damper underlevers, the part that allows the dampers to be lifted by the pedal. When attempting to remove the back action, I was unable to remove the dampers from the piano. I loosened the wire screws yet the damper wires will not lift from the piano. Am I doing something wrong? This works on my 1954 model M. Did Baldwin change something or does the piano have other problems that I might not be aware of?

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I'm not quite clear on what has occurred here. Photos would help.

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Very simple. The dampers cannot be removed from the piano. I have not only loosened but have totally removed the screw that holds the damper wire, yet the wire is stuck in the wooden block.

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Try this:
Put the screw back in but don’t engage the wire.
Grip the screw head with plier and support the lift lever.
Carefully pull the screw toward you.
Try again to remove the wire from the lift lever.


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I wonder if a little Protek CLP applied to the Damper wire where it enters the lift lever might also help. The other day I was drilling a small hole in a piece of oak beading and the drill bit stuck fast. I tried carefully extracting it with a pair of gripping/extracting pliers, but it wouldn't budge. Then I ran some Protek CLP down the drill bit, and it immediately came out very easily.

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Thanks for the replies. I've ordered some CLP, and will give both of these a try in a few days.

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On modern grands, including your Baldwin, the wires are just held in by the screw, but they can jam if the bushing holding the screw has gotten twisted in its socket. Turning the bushing is probably not feasible, although you might try a screw and a jam nut. Sometimes you just need to force the wires out, which you can do by clamping down on them with some pliers, and then tapping up on the pliers with a hammer.


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Thanks for all the help replies. Turns out the situation was so bad, many of the damper blocks split or cracked, and the remainder of the dampers had to be cut out. Thankfully I was able to obtain a replacement back action from a shop in Ohio. This is why a tech should always be called to inspect any piano purchase, you do not know what damage is hidden in a piano, even from a "reputable" dealer. I will have a future post on this piano debacle in the future.

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This M was a 1991? Why all the damage?


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