Monthly Archives: October 2014

Hammer Dope


In the Steinway factory (Hamburg) we used 2 kinds of hammer dope, the main one being a metal lacquer. This never really made sense to me, seeing as the stuff just dries concrete-hard – it’s just not very like hammer … Continue reading

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Pleyel LEADS


Both the Damper Lift Body and Key LEADS on this 1840s Pleyel grand became oxidized (quite some time ago, I think!) – so that they were rubbing/blocking against each other. The nasty (masked) job of filing the leads flush was … Continue reading

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Odd Sound?


An odd string dullness confused me for a bit – until I looked at the proximal string, just where it passes under the Capo Tasto: The splinter of wood caught between 2 strings is just visible (blurred in this pic) … Continue reading

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