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I tuned an old vertical piano yesterday that was just neglected for years in a very warm bedroom. So, the lady decided she would like to start playing again mainly because of her grand-kids nagging at her. She called me to come and tune the piano so over I go. Well, the piano was so dried out that "all" the pins moved back nearly to the start again after a hammer turn they were void of resistance (other things were a problem in the action but that's not the point I'm trying to make) so it's either walk away from it or get out the CA (BSI) and I decided to use CA on all the pins. I did one section at a time then tuned that section adding more if necessary (until I ran out in the 7th octave). It worked very well, actually, it saved the day altogether.

So, without getting into a war of words as to whether I should or should not have used glue.....seriously, my question is simply this ...what is the best CA glue you find to carry around in your tool box for just such emergencies? I use BSI (Bob Smith Ind) but it is so hard to come by where I live here on Mars (might as well be)....so can you give a short list in the order of performance so I can have a search in local stores. Appreciate your help.


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My preference is Hot Stuff Special T

I also carry Krazy Glue in the very small one time single use size.

Hot Stuff I can’t find in small containers so it usually deteriorates before I can use it all. And Hot Stuff has available three different viscosity from the thin to a more gel like product.

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Duane,

I get it at Hobbylinc.com.

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I carry Tightbond thin. It seems to have a slightly better feel at the tuning lever, I find less 'crunch' effect. A local hardware store stocks it, but it is also available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Titebond-Instant-Bond-Adhesive-Viscosity/dp/B002FORR2I/ref=sr_1_8?crid=HIZL5K3MLCZS&dchild=1&keywords=tightbond+super+glue&qid=1608733441&sprefix=tightbond+super%2Caps%2C222&sr=8-8

I use tip extenders to control the flow to just a couple of drops.

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The small single use crazy glue packages are great.

If your are going to do a whole piano, you can't run out. You always need more than you need to get the job done. Otherwise, you risk sealing off the area so that future application is difficult, or impossible.

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I use Bob Smith Industries as well, simply because it's available at my local hobby shop. It's also available in all different viscosities.. I have used Hot Stuff as well, it is excellent too.

Looking at Canadian Tire website, I see that they have Gorilla, J-B Weld and many other brands which I have not tried.

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Hot Stuff, 2oz, red label, UPC 7489101400. I get it from Schaff no. 1641. Tried something else once and had to redo a couple pianos. I'm "sticking" with what I know works. Takes most of a bottle per piano. I quickly make it fill the "ring" around the pin and let it work it's way down.


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I get mine from Stewart-Mcdonald, luthier supply. Always up to date. The Gold Bond line offers an odorless version that has worked well in pinblocks.

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Titebond thin is what I use. Works well, seems to have a longer shelf life and has a screw-on cap that won't accidentally come off.


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I know I've posted this before but I use this Permatex 4 pack from the Auto section at WalMart. The last I bought it in store I thought it was $1.21 per pack. I like the little tubes, so if one I've used dries out it's no big loss. For a whole piano it takes 6-8 tubes.


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