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#1164353 - 03/17/09 09:47 PM grand hammer installation methods
msks Offline
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Registered: 05/24/08
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Loc: lawrence,KS
I have seen several methods of hanging new hammers. What is considered the most efficient and accurate method? A factory video I saw showed them lining up the tails on a flat surface and squaring the hammers to that.

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#1164369 - 03/17/09 10:10 PM Re: grand hammer installation methods [Re: msks]
Bob Offline
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Registered: 06/01/01
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Loc: Florida
I remember a video where a complete set of shanks were dipped all at once into a vat of glue, then inserted all at once into the set of hammers. It took a few seconds. Can't get more efficient than that!

#1164382 - 03/17/09 10:50 PM Re: grand hammer installation methods [Re: Bob]
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Registered: 09/30/07
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Loc: Manhattan, Montana
My favorite is the Spurlock jig. Not as efficient as the method Bob mentioned, but it leaves a very nice result!
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#1164386 - 03/17/09 10:56 PM Re: grand hammer installation methods [Re: Bob]
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Andre Oorebeek hangs a set of hammers faster than the workers in the factory. 30 minutes is all it takes him for the actual hanging. He has done a few sets... wink

He is a real hammer man, specializing in hammers and high end concert prep. Keep your eyes open for his forthcoming book on hammer voicing.
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#1164413 - 03/17/09 11:38 PM Re: grand hammer installation methods [Re: Supply]
Keith Roberts Offline
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Registered: 05/04/04
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Loc: Murphys, Ca
What type of glue was he using? I find if the hammers are bored right, I can do 5 at once. Still I'm not doing 3 a minute. If the glue set is slow enough to still move easiy yet tacky enough to stay really close while you work ahead, it's possible. I'd like to see hime do it.
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#1164437 - 03/18/09 12:47 AM Re: grand hammer installation methods [Re: Keith Roberts]
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Registered: 04/16/07
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Loc: Olympia, WA
I find the most efficient method of hanging grand hammers is...

Let Wally Brooks do it! wink
Ryan Sowers,
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#1164441 - 03/18/09 12:50 AM Re: grand hammer installation methods [Re: rysowers]
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Originally Posted By: rysowers
I find the most efficient method of hanging grand hammers is...

Let Wally Brooks do it! wink
That has the advantage that if something goes wrong with a set of hammers, he is responsible for hanging the new ones as well as just replacing them.
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#1164467 - 03/18/09 03:21 AM Re: grand hammer installation methods [Re: BDB]
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Registered: 04/09/06
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Loc: Vancouver B.C. Canada
I hang all of my sets in house. I use the Sperlock jigs for hanging, tapering, and tailing. I bore using the Renner jig. I also use the Renner gang clamp for pre voicing and filing.

It's nice to have the ability to custom install when needed.
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#1164957 - 03/18/09 10:24 PM Re: grand hammer installation methods [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
David Jenson Offline
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Registered: 10/22/06
Posts: 2539
Loc: Maine
I do it in-house also using my own version of a Spurlock-type jig. 'Looked at one, didn't like the price, so made my own.

By-the-way Ryan, what does it cost to have Wally Brooks come to your shop? Maybe I could get him up here in exchange for a nice Maine lobster dinner.
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