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#3239010 08/05/22 04:04 PM
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Just in case there are folks who scroll through here who aren't as seasoned or experienced as others - I wanted to share some encouragement.

I have a little console at home here that I am learning on before I do anything in a client's home (more and more complicated repairs and regulation, etc.) and yesterday I successfully adjusted and removed each pedal rod, troubleshot lost motion, removed the action and put it in a very basic machined set of supports, removed and replaced a new treble spring and it works. I didn't expect piano wire to be such strong spring steel, one bend and thats it, my becket corners poke out a little. I was also flummoxed trying to tune each string because it's one wrap, and you have to balance both speaking lengths. Anyway, it was more frustrating than I expected trying to start a coil on the pin... (I don't quite understand how people tighten a coil that was already made on another object and bent open to get it off, if anyone has any insight) but I finally got it. I need more practice and it made me realize wound strings are probably much easier.

I did it though, with my hammer. ( i went and bought a ratchet asap) and I know a little bit more after all that mess. There is a mountain of skills involved in technician work and everyone is on their own path.

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Just to say using any form of ratchet will add to your work as one needs to turn the pin in either direction and stopping to reset the ratchet just adds to your problems.
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Thanks Nick, yes, an extra step during the whole process would give anyone a headache

I actually have some back/neck issues and the compound force with less rotation takes some of the blunt force off me. I guess I've always compromised extra steps because of it, good tip!

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It's good to remember everyone starts somewhere, especially when we are surrounded online by so many people who are litterally the best of the best in the field.
So thank you for your message!

I hope to change my career from software engineering to piano technician over the next few years, keeping it as a hobby for now though.
For sure it's going to be a long path! I wish you the very best on yours!


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