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by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:17 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

This is one more tool, a guillotine type of cutter to cut felt in consistent sizes. Of course I made this with a few screws and a razor blade. felt guillotine 1.JPG felt guillotine 2.JPG It works well, and I have used it. I should mention that I have various supplies of bridle straps, nameboard felt...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

One other thing I have in my collection is shellac/lacquer sticks. I thought I would repair finishes easily with these. I tried them a little, but never got around to ever repairing a piano with these. lacquer burn in sticks.JPG Here is the tool, with several different attachments to facilitate fini...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

Electronic tuners- First, before you buy a tuner, you need to understand stretching the octaves, and why the stretch on a instrument with a certain size and length of strings is different than the next piano which is built differently. Second- the standard method of tuning consists of muting the cen...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:55 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

To redo the action, I used screwdrivers, pliers, sand paper, chisels and other standard tools any one would have.

There are a lot of other things being sold, many of which are easily made out of a block of wood and a few nails or pieces of wire.
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:52 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

This tool is a voicing tool. It really looked cool in the catalog. It does not work well in practice. Voicing tool.JPG The problems are that it is bulky. You can't easily get the entire tool around the hammer head. It is not very specific about where you are needling. The needles eventually (and fai...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

Oval tuning pins were used before the present square head pins. I bought this to work on a square grand which I had for a while.
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I did use this, but probably won't ever again.
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

I still have a bunch of other tools I will show. Key weights-- Key weight 1.JPG key weight 2.JPG These would be used to adjust the balance on the keys. I have never used these. This is a hinge pin tool for driving pins out of the hinges for repair. Hinge pin tool.JPG hinge pin tool and hinge.JPG Thi...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

Tuning pins--The issue of loose tuning pins-- If you have a single (or a few) that need tightening, you can pull the pin, and insert a sliver of hard wood to make the pin tighter. You can use an oversize pin in the problem hole. Don't use the chemical tightener or the cyanoacylate glue unless you ar...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

hammer drilling jig 6.JPG


This is the picture with the adjusting tape.
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

I replaced the hammers on this piano as they were quite bad. The bass part of the piano has the hammers at 14 degrees slanted left. The tenor part starts with hammers at about 12 degrees to the right, changing angle to zero degrees at about key 50. When I ordered the set, I ordered incorrectly, and ...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:14 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

A less used tool, is for extracting the hammer heads and butts from the action. Butt extractor and clamp.JPG This consists of a clamp which is placed on the shank, and the tool presses against the hammer head and pulls it off. It works well. It needs room to work and taking the hammer heads off whil...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:07 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

An action cradle is needed if you are working on the action very much. I made this from scrap iron and pipe and a couple bolts and scrap wood about 35 years ago. I use it pretty much every time I work on an upright piano. There are times you can do so much more with the action out of the piano and m...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:07 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

I will post more later. I have to go to work.
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:06 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

Paper punchings--The keybed needs to be level. It is made very carefully with high quality boards (often maple). The pins are placed, felt is placed, and then small paper punchings are used to get the keybed flat. These are not expensive, and a set of punching will do at least a hundred pianos. On a...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:00 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

The mechanism has multiple small hinges. They literally move hundreds or thousands of times in a single piano performance. Over a few years, or decades, they move millions of times. The hinges need to move smoothly, silently and with little resistance, yet high accuracy and durability. Quite an engi...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:49 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

Key clamps are needed if you are doing much repair on old pianos. The need to keep them clamped firmly and flat until the glue dries is essential for working the ivory. Key top clamps.JPG Chipped ivory can be replaced with other used ivory. A small chip can be repaired by scarfing in a small pieced ...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:43 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

Voicing tools--Voicing is the process of shaping the hammer, either hardening the hammer (usually not needed) or softening the hammer to change the character of the tone produced. The piano is designed to have the hammer hit at 1/10 the length of the string. This will produce a certain set of overto...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:26 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

Regulating tools--These are available as individual items, but are best purchased as a set. This has a couple of screw drivers, and multiple odd little tools. These are for adjusting the key action, and the backstops, dampers, and bending wires in the action. I rarely use some of these, but sometime...
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:21 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

Button sets are needed to replace all of the little rubber buttons and stoppers that are on pianos.

When you refurbish a piano, it is nice to get all of the little details to look nice.
Rubber buttons and nails.JPG
by Steve Senseney
Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:20 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Piano tools
Replies: 28
Views: 11925

Re: Piano tools

Wire cutter with a hardened edge is essential for cutting the piano wire. The wire literally will produce a spark sometimes as it is cut. The cheaper side cutters will be destroyed quickly by piano wire. music wire cutter.JPG My cutter is not the most expensive, but it works. The best cutter seems t...