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#1275302 - 09/26/09 12:02 AM polishing bridge pins
woodfab Offline
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Rather than pulling and replacing the (Bridge Pins) is there an easer technique to bring them to a shine without making a mess?


Edited by woodfab (09/26/09 12:03 AM)
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#1275311 - 09/26/09 12:13 AM Re: polishing bridge pins [Re: woodfab]
Gene Nelson Online   content
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I have never polished any myself.
My thoughts are that for the time spent polishing you could remove and replace to get the new look as well as swab the holes with ca or epoxy (let it dry before inserting pins)to tighten them up if needed. You would also be able to clean up any notches with a chisel if any are in need of help.
You can also carefully touch up the black and put some clear finish on the rest of it.
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#1275312 - 09/26/09 12:15 AM Re: polishing bridge pins [Re: woodfab]
Peter Sumner- Piano Technician Offline
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Might suggest that pulling them with pliers, putting them in a gem stone tumbler and then putting them back with some super glue or other suggested adhesive will do a great job....when they're out, the bridge will be an easy clean up...
The glue will prevent unwanted beats and vibrations from contributing to the sound. A firm tap will seat them back in the bridge.
Just a thought..but what do I know??
P
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#1275315 - 09/26/09 12:17 AM Re: polishing bridge pins [Re: Peter Sumner- Piano Technician]
Peter Sumner- Piano Technician Offline
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Hey Gene...thinking along the same lines eh....not much on the TV tonight...hadn't seen your post...good thinking..
Hope you're good...should be over your way around mid October...
Cheers
P
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#1275323 - 09/26/09 12:23 AM Re: polishing bridge pins [Re: Gene Nelson]
woodfab Offline
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I keep telling my self not to cut conners but re-building a piano is a long and tedious job so I'm always looking for more efficient ways.
It is easier to clean the notches when the pins are removed.
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#1275348 - 09/26/09 01:16 AM Re: polishing bridge pins [Re: woodfab]
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Hey Peter, I am well - thank you for asking. The tumbler is a great idea.
Hope to see you in October. Earlier in the month on October 8 Franz Mohr at the Rocklin store (you have probably heard about it already). Maybe you will be there?
A chance to hear his great anectdodes and pick up an autographed book.

Woodfab,
Looking for more efficient ways is a never ending task.
Cutting corners is not necessarily a bad thing but choosing which to cut can be a bit unnerving at times.
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#1275547 - 09/26/09 11:27 AM Re: polishing bridge pins [Re: Gene Nelson]
Larry Buck Offline
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Dan,

It is the quality of the termination that gets addressed when you replace bridge pins.

Cleaning up the top of the bridge and notch as well.

Makes a big difference in the sound.

BTW, are you coming to Nick Gravagne this Sat?

Larry
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