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offer pin block and bridge duplication !
how to repair and tighten loose tuning pins:
you do not buy the right tools to move tuning pins, whether only one or to do
a whole tuning, you will almost always destroy tuning pins. This is because the
lever used to turn tuning pins has a unique design to match the also unique design
of the top of the tuning pin. This is not hype to sell piano tools. I do not do
that. It is a fact, and if you cheat, you will buy the lever and an attachment
to remove the damaged pin in the end. At the right you can see what happened to
a tuning pin turned by an improvised tool. The most common trick is to use the
reverse end of a quarter inch drive socket. This trick makes me lots of good cash.
Find a tuning lever on this page.
PIN SIZES AND ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS
are two sizes I need:
1. The length of the
tuning pin. This is on the chart below. If you have an odd length,
get the size
slightly shorter than yours.
the diameter of your pin with a micrometer, then see which pin is yours on the
If you are trying to tighten loose pins, you will want the next
largest pin size to get the advantage wanted.
If you are not sure of
yourself with a micrometer, have a technical or mechanical friend do this for
The increases from size to size are very slight.
ordering, use Pin Numbers from the chart below.
These pianos have short tuning pins which anchor in slotted holes in the harp
or plate. You will have to take new pins to a machine shop and have them cut to
match your original pins. If doing only a few, cut them with a Dremel tool. A
Wegman is well worth restoring since the pins never get loose due to aging of
All Denro pins have machined threads.
Piano Tuning Pins:
All Tuning Pins also available by the dozen @ $10 per dozen
Pin Wooden Bushings-
Hardwood- All bushings 7/16" outer diameter, 1/4" hole
Order 250 for a complete restringing.
pianos since 1965 usually use the smaller wooden bushings below.
If your Steinway has no bushings, that is because they
did not use them.
Hardwood- All bushings
13/32" outer diameter, 7/32" hole.
Order 250 for a complete restringing.
pin metal round shim sleeve-
Insert the sleeve into the tuning pin hole and replace
the pin to tighten the tuning pin.
Same as above- 100
Be sure to give quantity
on Order Form-
[ Read about this Repair
in Chapter 7, #60 ]
Pin Hole Flat Metal Shim-- Custom fit
shim has the advantage of being fit to the need at hand. You will
cut the flat
serrated metal sheep to make a tapered insert, as in the photo.
This will be
inserted in the worn tuning pin hole narrow end down.
Bend it into a curve
so it fits in the hole against the side of the hole flat.
You can press it
into the wood to bind with a round bar. Then insert the
tuning pin carefully,
and turn the pin in a few turns. Remove the pin, and
make sure the metal strip
is flattening and embedding in the hole and not
being pushed down into the
hole. If it is set and embedded some, insert
the tuning pin and turn it is,
DO NOT DRIVE THE PIN WITHOUT
TURNING IT IN. This method is midway between the
wedge shim and the round metal sleeve above which is often overkill.
shim also does not have the shoulder hanging outside the hole and
Set of 8 metal strips-- Each strip will do two shims
Geers Falconwood laminated
For Installing Geers Wooden Plugs:
"What I thought about doing is to drill all the pin holes out, to a larger size,
and all the same size. Then, using a plug cutter, cut and curl out some plugs
out of thick pinblock material."
"This is not a new idea -- it is done all over the country by many quality
tuners. Cliff Geers, in Cleves OH, who sells soundboards, panels and ribs, also
sells Delignit pinblock plugs. They are the perfect size for gluing into place
"There is no need to use synthetic material as with epoxy. Just use plain
hot glue or cabinet glue. The plugs drive into the holes rather firmly and cannot
move once the plate is in place."
"Quite often these plugs are used to replace the wood around only those pins
that are reamed the worst. Less often they simply redo all of them and redrill
and replug the whole piano. I seldom use the old pin blocks in grands but usually
keep them in uprights. I use this tech- nique occasionally, but it is not a temporary
fix-- it is for good, so don't worry about it. I use it more often in square grands
that do not need a whole new pin block."
"In order for this to work, the holes drilled in the old pinblock should
be as large as possible to prevent the "plugs" from being too thin after the new
pin holes are drilled. Conversely, the holes should not be too large, or the old
pinblock might crack between rows under tension. Boesendorfer tapered pins might
be use here with good results."
Van Nattan's Disclaimer: If you use these plugs, you must understand that YOU
are the only one responsible for the results. This is somewhat of an act of desperation,
though a good one.
plugs are 1-1/4 inches long by 1/2 inch in diameter.
They are cut from what we believe is the best quality pin block material
with 26 laminations
A half inch hole is drilled out where the loose tuning pin is located.
The plug is inserted with a wood glue bond, and the plug drilled
The tuning pin is then inserted.
the original color of blued pins and prevents rust.
Allow for a second shipping charge if you are ordering
other items with this
4 ounce bottle
SH348- 4 oz.
8 ounce bottle
SH348- 8 oz.
Pin Extractor -- FOR BROKEN TUNING PINS
This 3/4 inch long tool (not shown in Illustration) will remove
a tuning pin which has been damaged by
amateur efforts to turn a tuning pin
improvised tools. It will also remove a pin which has broken off at the
hole. The tool fits into the tip of a tuning
lever. It has tapered reversed threads
so that, when turned counterclockwise, it bites the top of the broken pin
removes it. This is similar to
an "easy out" used in automotive applications on
broken engine bolts. It will seldom be needed, but when such
transpires, this is
the ONLY thing to save the day. It should be in EVERY
professional tool kit. If the tuner before you did not have
one, this tool will
make you look
like his superior for sure. You will want to price the task to
pay for the tool the first time since you will seldom
Gauge for sizing broken
bass wires for order-
Also sizes tuning pins for re-order-
Slide copper windings down the slot,
and use the number nearest the point where
the wire stops- SH344
for pin tightening treatments: |
Lay the piano down on its back if it
is an upright. Leave grands as is. Apply the solution with a bottle with a nozzle
attached, or an oil can. I use a hypodermic syringe to control the liquid and
avoid puddling it all over the harp. The solution you get on the harp does nothing
but make a mess. Squirt it down the opening at the rear of the pin hole which
has developed due to age and wear. Read more about my secret method of application
in Repair in Chapter 7, #60.
AND LIQUID PIN TREATMENTS- CLICK HERE
secret to pin treatment is the right "dope" which
is not a reflection on you :-)
Tuning Pin Tightener
Pin Tight Tuning
FOR TUNING PIN AND PIN BLOCK WORK
Replacing a pin block is very involved. I do not give instructions for
this task at this
time, but you can find detailed instruction for pin block
replacement in Arthur Reblitz'
book CLICK HERE
to go to our Books order page and Mr. Reblitz' exceptional book.
If you are
not well above average in mechanical skills, you should pay a professional to
The best place to shop for help is your local Baldwin store-- Ask
for their technician.
In any case, I strongly encourage you to only
buy and install the pin block, but call for help to drill it.
If the technician
you call get grumpy that you installed the pin block yourself, simply keep shopping
until you find a gentleman who likes to help do-it-youselfers.
®-- Multi-Laminated Pin Block Material Imported from Germany
veneers of European beech are bonded under pressure with phenolic resins. This
a very stable plank which is very impervious to temperature and
humidity changes. This means
the piano will not go out of tune as easily during
weather changes, and the long life of the
piano in regard to pin tightness.
Of course, you pay for this added quality.
Single and double planks can be
shipped by UPS-- Full planks go by motor freight.
There is some debate among
piano tuners as to German versus US craftsmanship.
Delignit is without a doubt
the leader worldwide.
59" by 9 1/4"
59" by 18 1/2"
59" by 47 1/4"
SH494- $ 490
Pin Block Plank
These are made
of laminated northern hard rock maple and hand crafted. This product has been
highly praised in the trade, and some technicians claim it is just as reliable
as Delignit. It sure is less
expensive. These blocks are fully dressed on
both sides. By using these stock planks, you can fit them
yourself and save
the bother of sending the old pin block to be duplicated. This also prevents you
nothing for a pattern if the US mail happens to lose your old plank
when you send it in.
59" by 9 1/2"
59" by 22"
We can provide pin block duplication.
The pin block must be sent in to us. Our supplier will then send you
pin block WITHOUT the tuning pin holes drilled. You will drill the holes once
the pin block
is attached to the plate or harp.
$ 215 to $ 275 The price is determined by the pin block size and variety
Shipping will be added and will include shipping to our supplier,
and shipping from our supplier to you.
This is needed for us to be sure the
thing is done right.
for a quote.
BLOCK DRILLS AND REAMERS
These drills have the brad or tit to center the
drill and prevent side drift. 4-1/2 inches long
Except for 136F, they are
.009 inches under the corresponding drill size in the chart.
1/0 & 2/0
Slow spiral, pointed drills measuring 4-1/2 inches long
are mainly used with 2/0 pins in
Dilignit pin blocks.
Part Number SH94A Drill
- .257 inch diameter
Part Number SH94B Drill -
.261 inch diameter
Part Number SH94C Drill -
.266 inch diameter
for Installing Oversized Tuning Pins
When installing oversized tuning
pins in older pin blocks to gain tightening, it is advised
that this reamer
be used to make all holes uniform and aboid over tightening in some holes.
All reamers are .009 inches under the corresponding drill size in the list.
site on drilling pin blocks
block plugs by Geers comment by a technician
We can have bridges made to order.
Bass bridges, curved of
straight, and the long curved treble bridges.
Also, we can order aprons (the
Z mounting piece) for bass bridges.
E-MAIL for instructions
$150.00 to 210.00 np
If the bridge pins are loose
and wood ruptured:
product may also be used on Hackleys and other pianos with a
wood bridge at the top end of the bass strings.
It must be sculptured.
Laminated beech material by makers of
24" x 48" x 15/32"--
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