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#1617427 - 02/11/11 05:31 AM Keytop chip repair
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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.

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#1617433 - 02/11/11 06:06 AM Re: Keytop chip repair [Re: Chris Leslie]
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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.
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#1617527 - 02/11/11 09:19 AM Re: Keytop chip repair [Re: Chris Leslie]
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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.

http://www.harborfreight.com/80-piece-rotary-tool-kit-97626.html

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.
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#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.
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