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Rebuilding Steinway DuoArt action. Questions
#3048226 Yesterday at 10:31 AM
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Good day all..

A client purchased an old, relatively tatterd Steinway at a charity auction and aesthetically and mechanically is in pretty rough shape. In spite of this the piano sounds very, very nice, but, it will be pushing their budget to rebuild the action. A glue treatment stabilized the tuning enough to hold acceptably - though just barely - so they'll be facing a repin before too much time passes.

They've made it clear what sort of budget they can allow and a complete restoration is not possible. Every part of the player system is missing and so it might warrant a new shorter keybed and shortening the front of the piano, but, that sort of money outlay is also not in the cards. So it comes down to rebuilding what is there.

Not having worked on the action of a DuoArt build, I am wondering if anyone has the specs for the action geometries and weights they can share, and perhaps any other helpful hints on the how rebuilding of one these differs from standard action?

Grateful thanks,
Josh

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Usually a Steinway player action will regulate with less blow than most "normal" Steinway's.

And getting nice close checking can be an issue if you leave the dip on the shallow side.


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The keys are several inches longer than on standard actions. It can be done but it will be challenging. There is also doubtlessly verdigris in the action...?

FWIW, in a phone conversation with David Kirkland at SS in N.Y. about one of these (within the last year or two) he told me point blank: "All Steinway players are worthless and junk". Now of course that is the opinion of someone who is involved in the sales (although he is head of the service dept) of new SS, nonetheless I was quite surprised to hear him say this as forthrightly as he did. Personally I avoid them as much as possible. They are a pain in the neck, esp when you want to pull the action, for which you need to remove the pedal lyre (at least on all the ones I've worked on...unless somehow modified otherwise). Tuning pins are somewhat difficult to get at. Leverages are weird.

Not fun. Typically people pick these things up because they are CHEAP (and there's a reason for that), thinking they are getting a bargain. Not in my book (as a rule...could be some exceptions). I hope things go well with yours.

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