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2. Part Numbers
4. Dimensions where needed
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restoration is not finished without new keytops. Unless you really have
to have the
feel of ivory, new plastic looks so much more clean and bright.
Don't leave old sharps either.
It will surprise you how much they look
used after doing the whites.
all parts possible I give you a diagram identity number so you can go to the diagram
and double check to see if you are ordering the right part. It is impossible
to give a "Back" button to return to so many pages, so please use your browser's
give you a link to the page which tells how to make the repair or installation
of the new part.
Section 36 of Chap. 7 for instructions to install key
WORD INDEX OF THE WHOLE SITE:
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TOP RESTORATION KIT-- Complete Key Top Kit
kit is designed to restore both the naturals (white keys) and sharps (black keys).
We have included everything you need to do the job. In this case, we are including
the PVC-E glue. You must be very careful not to get it on your fingers and touch
top a new key top.
is what is in the kit:
SH1396-- A set of 52 Natural White
We supply only the one piece tops with fronts molded to the
top. If you want to substitute SH1496
or SH1496 keytops, you can do so for an additional charge.
SH384H or D or SH385H or D-- A set of 36 Sharps (Black)
Be sure to measure
your old sharp ALONG THE BOTTOM so we can match the length. More
is found below about these part numbers.
$ 14.00 extra-- These give a dull luster to imitate real ebony.
3. Full roll of Glue Film for keytops. We now use this in our shop. It's quicker, cleaner and easier. Just apply like masking tape from a roll and then peel off the backing. No clamping needed! (Not a "double-stick tape" but an actual layer of glue that you apply from a roll!) Includes a trimming blade with handle. Exclusive product only available from us.
SH199-- One 3/8 inch Key Dip Gauge Block and assortment of front and center paper shims to level the Keys when done.
5. SM4236--Our Professional Black Dye-4 oz. No mixing required. (Caution when opening as it can cause trouble in carpets, etc.) The black stained wood at the front of the sharp key levers has likely dulled to gray over the years. It will look very ugly if it is not restored to total black. This wood is easily seen when the natural white keys are depressed. Includes brush. Only available from us.
You will need to provide a 7 inch fine double cut flat file. Do not dress key tops with sand
every tool in the kit will be of use in any workshop later except the Key Dip
instructions provided with this kit. Also see our online instruction at Section
36 of Chap. 7
you mess up a key top, like getting a finger print on it, tell us know which note
you need, and we will
send one new one free. You pay shipping only. Only one
key top supplied in this safety net offer. For
more than one replacement,
pay $ 4.00 each. Again, we need to know which notes needed. No other
makes this offer. THIS OFFER IS ONLY GOOD WITH THE SH1396 KEYTOPS.
$ 91.75 with gloss sharps; $105.75 with satin sharps
our Key Restoration Kit
TOP RESTORATION KIT-- Key Tops Only
kit includes 52 natural white key tops and 36 black sharps.
Doing the white
tops only will almost always make the black sharps
look dingy, even if they
seem to look good now.
Molded high quality plastic WITH FRONT ATTACHED-
Set of 52-
Set of 36- 3 1/2"- High Gloss finish as in modern pianos
$ 60.00-- This is a savings of $ 12.00
PRICE: $ 74.00-- This is a savings of $ 12.00
TOP PARTS AND GLUE
Part Number Price
See Section 36 of Chap. 7 for
instructions to install these parts.
Standard White "Natural" Keytops-
Molded high quality plastic
WITH FRONT ATTACHED- Set of 52-
key tops are a bit thicker than old era plastic, so they cover imperfections
in the wood better. Many times there is no filing needed, but if needed, it is
accomplished with a fine file. Made in the USA of acrylic plastic,
these key tops
do not easily scratch, and they will raise the value of any
piano, especially if you are
doing a restoration for sale. I have restored
a number of pianos and sold them.
Frankly, in spite of my fussy protocols
for refinishing the wood, the most startling
thing about a restored piano
is the new white and black shining keys smiling up at
the potential buyer.
Would you remember Teddy Roosevelt's picture if it were not
for his white
teeth and big grin?
key tops with fronts attached stay on better because the front molded to the top
helps anchor the whole top on better.
You can NOT put the new key tops on over the old ones.
Also, the fronts MUST
be removed if using the key tops with
molded on fronts. See Section
36 of Chap. 7
White "Natural" Keytops- Available in two sizes
German one piece keytops WITHOUT
fronts attached- Set of 52- 50 mm heads SH1491W $
52 mm heads SH1492W $ 55.00
German one piece keytops WITH fronts attached - Set of 52 - 50 mm heads SH1496W $ 49.00
52 mm heads SH1497W $ 55.00
Light Cream "Natural" Keytops-Available in two sizes
German one piece keytops WITHOUT
fronts attached- Set of 52- 50 mm heads SH1491 $ 49.00
52 mm heads SH1492 $ 55.00
German one piece keytops WITH fronts attached - Set of 52 - 50 mm heads SH1496 $ 49.00
52 mm heads SH1497 $ 55.00
Black "Sharp" Keytop-
Molded high quality plastic-
of 36- 3 1/2"- High Gloss finish as in modern pianos
of 36- 3 1/2"- Satin dull finish to look like ebony
Set of 36- 3 3/4"- High Gloss finish as in modern
Set of 36- 3 3/4"- Satin dull finish to look
Set of 36; 3 3/4"-Satin finish; .555" height
SH1493 $ 45.00
Set of 36:
3 3/4"- Satin finish; .595" height
36 of Chap. 7 for instructions to install these parts.
may feel your sharps look just fine. Only white natural key tops are needed.
Over and over we have customers only buy white tops, only to return later and
buy the sharps. The bright shining new white key tops make the old sharps look
tacky, even though they seemed OK at first. We strongly encourage you to get
both white and sharp key tops.
following single key tops and sharps are ONLY for OUR customers
purchased sets of key tops and ruined more than one.
[ We will replace one
ruined one free plus postage.]
Single "Natural" keytop
with molded front attached (Specify key, such as D or C)
$ 4.00 ea.
Single "Sharp" plastic
$ 4.00 ea.
EBONY AND IVORY
Ebony Sharps- NEW Set of 36
3 3/4" long, .550" (14 mm) high, for grand pianos SH386
NEW Set of 36 3 3/4" long, .595" (15 mm) high, for grand pianos SH386A $ 357.00
Used real ebony sharps-- Standard
$ 7.00 each
Used Ivories--Due to rules governing ivory, we can no longer sell used ivories outside of Michigan.
If you live in a different state, contact a local piano technician for used ivories.
Heads (Cleaned and ready
$ 6.00 each
$ 2.00 each
Tails (Unique extra wide tails on the extreme right and left
$ 8.00 each
These one piece molded keytops have become very
popular over the past few years. The satin ivory tops
have a translucent nature just like real ivory. So,
need to use an opaque white glue. We suggest
GE silicone found at most hardware stores.
Overall length- 6 inches.
NOTE: The Vagias Full Keytops (1320, 1321, 1322 & 1323) are one piece tops only. They do NOT have fronts attached
Also, the 1328 & 1329 Tails do not come in a set. They are only available in one width--there are no wider ones available
for the two end keys.
KEY TOP CHOICES
1320 Full Keytop- One piece - -|
SH 1321 Full Keytop- One piece - -
1322 Full Keytop- One piece - -
SH 1323 Full Keytop- One piece - -
1324 Head only - - - - - - - - - - -
SH 1325 Head only - - - - - - -
- - - -
SH 1326 Head only - - - - - - - - - - -
SH 1327 Head
only - - - - - - - - - - -
SH 1328 Tail only - - - - - - - - - - - -
SH 1329 Tail only - - - - - - - - - - - -
SH 1330 Key Front only - - - - -
SH 1331 Key Front only - - - - - - -
White- 2 inch Head- Set of 52 - - - - - $ 32.00 |
Gloss White- 1 15/16inch
Head- Set of 52 - $ 32.00
Satin Ivory- 2 inch Head- Set of 52 - -
- - - - $ 32.00
Satin Ivory- 1 15/16inch Head- Set of 52 - - $
Satin Ivory- Light Color-
inch Head- Set of 52 - - - - - - - $ 29.40
Satin Ivory- Medium
1 15/16 inch Head- Set of 52 - - - - -
- - $ 29.40
Satin Ivory- Light color-
1 7/8 inch Head- Set of 52 - - - - - - - $ 29.40
Satin Ivory- Medium Color-
1 7/8 inch
Head- Set of 52 - - - - - - - $ 29.40
Light Color- Each - - - - - - - - $ 0.65
Medium Color- Each - - - - - $ 0.65
Satin Ivory- Light
Color- Set of 52 - - - - - $ 29.40
Satin Ivory- Medium
Color- Set of 52 - - $ 29.40
Ivory Fill Kit-- Be a "Keyboard Dentist". Fill your piano's "teeth" instead. With
this kit you can repair chips in geniune ivory that blend in almost
perfectly. One kit fills about 30 chips. The answer for those who
want to preserve their existing ivory keyboard
Bar Polish- A block of polishing compound used to polish plastic or
For genuine ivory--
For Pyralin or Ivorine Plastic-- 2 lbs
Go to Section 39 of Chapter 7 to
learn how to use Bar Polish.
Buffing Wheel-- For buffing plastic
or old ivory keytops with buffing compound
1/2" hole-- Can be mounted on a bench grinder arbor- Useful
polishing jobs also,
such as brass and nickel parts- Can mount more than one-
10 inch diameter --
8 inch diameter -- 60 ply
Sand Paper-- This extremely fine grit is
not available in hardware stores
1000 grit- per sheet
$ 3.60 ea.
1500 grit- per sheet- May help polish old ugly ivory key tops
Glue Tape - This product dispenses a perfect film of glue from a roll. We use this
in our own shop. Good for gluing plastic and ivory key coverings as well as veneer and
other flat surface mounting tasks. Items being joined can be repositioned but after 8 hours
cure the joint is solid. One roll of tape easily does an entire set of white and black keytops
No mess! No clamping needed!
50 ft. Roll. Knife included.
Only available from us.
Plastic Glue for Key Tops (Replaces PVC-E glue)-- Not
as prone to spoil key tops
when you blunder. Excellent
for pump organ and player pneumatics bellows material
Use also to glue felt and leather in place. Can be thinned
20% with water.
PGL-4 $ 5.00
PGL-16 $ 14.00
Ebony Stain - Our professional black dye stain. Provides a deep black finish for ebony sharps. Also used for staining the wood of the keystick under the sharp that shows when the adjacent white key is played. Same function as the Aniline Stain below, but easier to use.
4 oz. bottle.
Only available from us
Stain Powder-- 2 oz. Mix with denatured alcohol
to blacken the key
lever wood under the sharps.
Caution when opening as it can cause trouble in carpets
etc. The black stained wood at the front of the sharp key levers has likely
gray over the years. It will look very
ugly if it is not restored to total black.
wood is easily seen when the natural white keys are depressed.
Use two per key to hold while drying.
Comes with a 1" by 6" wood block to use between the clamps and
the key top.
Glue a piece of thin felt or cloth to the wood block to avoid scratching
the new key top.
SH247 $ 12.50 per pair
Four clamps to do two key top applications at a time
SH247 $ 23.00
Front Spring Clamp--
One jaw of the clamp inserts in the front pin hole while
the other jaw of the clamp
holds the key front.
A square 1 inch brass block is supplied to use between the
clamp and the key front.
HINT: Again, add a thin piece of
felt or cloth to the block to avoid scratching
the key front.
Position the front first, and
then clamp the key top for a very tight and square fit.
Do not wait for the top or front to dry before finishing. Do all gluing
in one operation. SH248
$ 16.25 each
of paper shims
for leveling keys
Protect, and Polish Key Tops
Stains, Lubricants, and Polishing Products
to level your Piano Keys from our online Repair Instruction Area.
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