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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
Posts: 2871
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.
Ryan Sowers,
Pianova Piano Service
Olympia, WA

#1818421 - 01/04/12 01:51 PM Re: How much should it cost? [Re: chuck2u]
rysowers Offline
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Registered: 04/16/07
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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.
Ryan Sowers,
Pianova Piano Service
Olympia, WA

#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
Posts: 25
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.

#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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