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#1617427 - 02/11/11 05:31 AM Keytop chip repair
Chris Leslie Offline
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Registered: 01/01/11
Posts: 1009
Loc: Canberra, ACT, Australia
I have a client with this key top chip on a Yamaha U1:

What is the best way to repair or disguise this kind of damage? Replacement key tops I can get are not quite identical to the others.


Chris Leslie
Piano technician

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#1617433 - 02/11/11 06:06 AM Re: Keytop chip repair [Re: Chris Leslie]
tds Offline
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Registered: 08/30/06
Posts: 446
Loc: Bastrop, Texas
You have do decide which would look worse - the chipped keytop or a different colored keytop.

If you choose not to replace the keytop, be sure to lightly file away the sharp edges of the chip.
Stay tuned.

Tom Seay, Recovering Piano Technician
Bastrop, Texas

#1617527 - 02/11/11 09:19 AM Re: Keytop chip repair [Re: Chris Leslie]
CDR Offline
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Registered: 12/12/10
Posts: 22
Loc: Buffalo, NY
I have a couple of these on my old piano. The tuner I had filed them down a little. But afterwards, I took a mini rotary tool and put a small little file wheel on it and just took off the sharp edges.


I am not a tech though, so I'm sure there are better ways. I think a different keytop would look worse even if its only slightly offcolor.
1929 Layton Bros. Studio Upright

#1617650 - 02/11/11 12:08 PM Re: Keytop chip repair [Re: Chris Leslie]
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A tech can contact Yamaha and get a new keytop. They come in octaves.
Semipro Tech


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