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Working on an older Steinway V. New bass dampers come with the thin wood backing that lends support to split dampers. Schaff does not sell any split dampers for the tenor range covering where the bass stops up to where the single felt trebles begin. Is there a source for proper replacement sets or am I just making them?

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Sometimes you just need to make them. I have done that, but other people change out the felts with a new system of damper felts.


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I have made entire sets of bass, tenor, and treble dampers for Steinway uprights and other makes. That said, there are other options whereby you are modifying the damper system to make it damp more efficiently. For some reason, older uprights most often had very short dampers for the bass and tenor.

Tokiwa makes replacement sets of bass and treble dampers that is very similar to the system that you would see in a Yamaha U1. That includes bichord and trichord dampers for the lower tenor. Bass dampers are longer at 55 mm with 2 felt blocks, Renner sells 55mm dampers with 3 felt blocks. Tenor dampers start at similar lengths and taper from there.

You can get the Tokiwa from Brooks, Ltd. Call Melanie Brooks at 860-434-0287 or www.brooksltdonline.com. Melanie is quite knowledgeable and can walk you through the process.


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