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Gotta rant here, hope it helps:

When replacing the pivot rod on Steinway pedal assemblies, there are four, flat-head, machine screws that secure the rod into the front-plate. THERE IS NO NEED TO TIGHTEN THESE SCREWS SO MUCH THAT THEY BEND AWAY FROM THE ROD !! Simply tightening them until they make a dent is sufficient. (the rod isn't hardened).
I have seen this in a lot of rebuilds. I suppose someone thinks that it is important to go this tight, but it is not. The pre-1920 pianos had smaller machine screws, and they will break in the plate.

Don't glue damper felt on with Tite-Bond, or PVC. These, as well as back rail, and keybushing cloth are non-durable parts and are expected to be replaced. Don't be clod.
Don't CA blocks without vacuuming the dust out of the holes in the webbing, otherwise you make a big hard knot of crap right at the top of the block, not tighter pins.
Don't spray finish on the key-bed, (not even the front three inches!) It is an important a part in the piano's function.
Space keys from below the punching, nicks in the surface ruin bushings. (I have seen this on numerous new "Standard pianos")
Learn to replace a string, at least without scratching the plate, if nothing else.
Learn to make a hitch-pin loop instead of a rat's nest.

There is no need, in this day of u-tube instruction, for any of these problems to continue.
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I've seen an awful lot of sloppy string replacement including the "rat's nest" arrangement at the hitch pin. That, and winding the coils right down to the plate instead of backing the pin out far enough to get the pin to match height with its neighbors when the string is pulled up to tension. I won't mention the coils where the wire doubles back on itself. (Oops. I guess I did.)

It's not hard to splice a string with a tight little knot that doesn't leave 2 inches of wire sticking out to one side, but the sloppy splice is the rule rather than the exception.


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