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#3048933 11/24/20 10:38 AM
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Somebody told me these are “European” style hammers. Is this true?


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Looks like an English company (name escapes me) that Wally Brooks used to carry.

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That shape of tail is often used in Europe.


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Nu-tone...that's the name

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I think I'm correct in saying that Nutone hammers closed a long time ago. Around 1988 I think.
The one in the picture looks much newer. I think I've had german hammers like that one in the past.
Not certain about the above but memory only.
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Definitely of European design IMO.

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If they work: they are "good" hammers. If they don't work: "bad" hammers.


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I found a partial stamp on one of them. Looks like Mu To. Could it have been Mu Tone instead of Nu Tone?

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Still around in 2000? Note about NuTone hammers


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Nutone hammers in the UK (I have no idea about USA) were made on the Debden Industrial estate Loughton Essex.
The building was part of the Knight piano factory complex. I was a regular visitor and buyer there back in the day. Mr.Redmond who ran Nutone (which had been a part of the Knight factory until he took it over) made very good hammers indeed. They could be voiced to perfection. Manual presses, no hydraulics.
15lb felt mostly. I used to buy his hammers regularly until he closed. I'm pretty sure he closed in the 80's.
He also used to recover hammers if one wanted that.
Thoroughly good product. I still have an unused set stashed away in case my piano ever needed new hammers. It clearly won't so I suppose I'll sell my set one day!
Nick

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