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#1818390 - 01/04/12 12:51 PM How much should it cost?
chuck2u Offline
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Registered: 10/08/08
Posts: 25
Loc: Sacramento, Ca.
I am considering replacing the hammers on my G-208 Young Chang. Could any of you give me a ball park estimate of what it should cost. My tech. wants to use Ronson sp? brand hammers. I am in California and his estimate is $1900.

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#1818417 - 01/04/12 01:44 PM Re: How much should it cost? [Re: chuck2u]
rysowers Offline
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Registered: 04/16/07
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Loc: Olympia, WA
My ballpark rate for hammer replacement is around $1200, but that does not include any of the regulating that should be included in this job. $1900 sounds high to me if it is JUST the hammer job. Retail cost of a set of Ronson Hammers is around $450-500 depending on options.

However, every hammer job is also going to require some regulating - how much depends on the individual piano. This could easily add several hundred dollars onto the price.

Lastly, I like to have the piano in my shop for a hammer job. This could easily add another $500 to the job - less if its an easy move and I can get the piano myself, more if the move has difficulties involved.

By the way, replacing the hammers on a Young Chang is one of the best things you can do for the tone of those pianos. In many cases their dense, hard-pressed hammers are their biggest flaw.

Bottom line: The price may be very reasonable if it is including regulating or moving expenses. If it is JUST for hammers, nothing else, it sounds high.
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#1818421 - 01/04/12 01:51 PM Re: How much should it cost? [Re: chuck2u]
rysowers Offline
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OOps! When I saw $1900 I was assuming we were talking about upright hammers! After re-reading your post, I realized that we are talking about grand hammers. That's a totally different scenario.

My ballpark for a grand hammer job is closer to $3500. There is a lot more work for a quality grand job and the parts are more expensive. The weight of the hammers is a huge consideration and careful attention must be paid to this issue for the piano to have a good touch.
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#1818435 - 01/04/12 02:21 PM Re: How much should it cost? [Re: rysowers]
chuck2u Offline
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Registered: 10/08/08
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Loc: Sacramento, Ca.
Thanks Ryan. I agree that replacing the hammers is the best thing I can do. When I had the action regulated and the hammers were resurfaced it really brightened the tone. It is really intolerable (although I have put up with it a couple of years now). My tech said the same thing as you about the hammers...they are one of the worst things about it. He will have to spend a day in the shop with them and another full day here at the house. So, sounds like I'm getting a pretty good deal.

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#1818482 - 01/04/12 03:42 PM Re: How much should it cost? [Re: chuck2u]
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Originally Posted By: chuck2u
My tech wants to use Ronson sp? brand hammers.


Good choice!
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