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#1170777 - 03/29/09 12:51 PM Restoration of an 1894 8'9" Weber
FrankFarrell Offline
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Registered: 03/28/09
Posts: 5
Loc: United States
Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum so please bear with me.

I've just acquired the aforementioned piano and it's in pretty good shape. However, some of the wippens are broken and a few strings are missing. I'd like to replace the wippens with originals if I can, so that I can put the piano back into "tunable" condition such that I can assess if the pin block needs replacing(and play it at least). Some wippens have been replaced with the "universal" type - but the geometry of those wippens is simply incorrect and I'm afraid no amount of adjustment will change that.

I've recieved quite a bit of good advice from people I've contacted outside this forum(and may be reading this now) - thanks for that.

So, my question is:
Does anyone have any of these old wippen assemblies sitting around in a drawer or something, and would be willing to part with them? I need about 5-10.

Clearly, this entire action should be rebuilt - but that requires a larger investment which would depend on the pin block. So, I guess I'm trying to get out on the cheap before I invest a lot of $$$$$$$.

Thanks in advance,


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#1170985 - 03/29/09 06:56 PM Re: Restoration of an 1894 8'9" Weber [Re: FrankFarrell]
Dale Fox Offline
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Frank, there is absolutely no way to know what those whippens look like or what the proper dimensions are unless we just happened to have an identical piano sitting around. There should be a way to arrive at a usable replacement from all the universal systems available.

You are quite correct in saying that the entire action should be rebuilt. I can say with 100% certainty that every other system on it needs rebuilding/re-manufacturing as well. Don't let it's size get the better of your common sense. Pianos have an expiration date just like every other mechanical device. You have a large project on your hands.
Dale Fox
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#1170993 - 03/29/09 07:08 PM Re: Restoration of an 1894 8'9" Weber [Re: Dale Fox]
FrankFarrell Offline
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Registered: 03/28/09
Posts: 5
Loc: United States
Yea, there could be more things going on. Still though, I don't mind investing a small amount(the cost of the wippens) to get a tuner in to see if it holds a tune. If it doesn't, then it's into the fireplace. If it does, then maybe I'll rebuild the action entirely. I'm trying to post a picture of the wippens.

#1170997 - 03/29/09 07:14 PM Re: Restoration of an 1894 8'9" Weber [Re: FrankFarrell]
FrankFarrell Offline
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Registered: 03/28/09
Posts: 5
Loc: United States

#1170998 - 03/29/09 07:16 PM Re: Restoration of an 1894 8'9" Weber [Re: FrankFarrell]
FrankFarrell Offline
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Loc: United States

#1171574 - 03/30/09 06:37 PM Re: Restoration of an 1894 8'9" Weber [Re: FrankFarrell]
Josef Offline
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 190
Congrads on a gem of an instrument. The Piano supply catalogs have pictures that are size correct to compare to to find the right ones for you. As stated so wisely above there are universal systems availible. I would have the piano fixed to be playable and hold onto it. Then save and have it professionally rebuilt by a highly qualified piano technician or ship it to a professional company.

#1171604 - 03/30/09 07:17 PM Re: Restoration of an 1894 8'9" Weber [Re: Josef]
FrankFarrell Offline
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