Piano Repair

How to level piano keys

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Uneven keys are an unsightly side effect of a well-loved piano. If you play your piano a lot (or not!) you may notice that the felt holding up your piano keys has compressed. Over time, the material loses its integrity and the keys settle out of alignment. It's an aesthetic issue, true, but when the keys are left out of whack, play can be affected. It can feel spongy, wobbly, or just "off," making it less pleasant or even trickier to play. Sound is altered, too, because the distance each key needs to travel to strike the hammer will not be...

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How to replace piano keytops

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Over time, piano keytops can become worn, broken, or even fall off entirely. This is especially apparent with antique pianos which use real ivory. Keytops that have become damaged, faded, or warped can be replaced at home or in the shop. Simply pry them up, smooth them down, and stick them back on. Just kidding, there's a lot more to it than that! Replacing keytops is a delicate process that requires a deft hand, lots and lots of time, and quality products. Read on for a detailed guide to replacing your own piano keytops.   image Schaff Before we begin, understand...

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Replacing Spinet Drop Action Elbows

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Are you unable to play certain notes on your older spinet? Does the key stay depressed? Chances are the elbow in the drop action mechanism is broken, misaligned, or needs maintenance. Fortunately, the process of replacing the elbows is fairly painless. Spinets were created to be compact with a sleek design, so they have an unusual action mechanism. The drop or indirect-blow action actually sits below the key, not directly behind or above, as it does with consoles, uprights, and grand pianos. In order to reach the strings behind the keys, the mechanism uses small wood or plastic inserts called elbows that facilitate...

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Tuning Your Own Piano

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Tuning your own piano requires a good ear, a few specialty tools, and plenty of patience. With the right materials, you can give your piano a touch up between professional tunings or adjust a few notes that have gone sour.

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