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#1909730 - 06/06/12 11:13 PM Whippen for a Kimball Baby Grand
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Hello all!

I am needing help. I have a Kimball Grand action that I'm working on with a missing whippen. Here is the picture...



I cannot find a serial number, but I believe the piano was made in 1981. Am I correct that Kimball's used Schwander actions? I found a whippen on p. 119 in the Schaff Cagalogue that says it will fit a Schwander type grand action, however I don't see how it will work. Any suggestions?

Thanks for your help!!!
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#1909738 - 06/06/12 11:40 PM Re: Whippen for a Kimball Baby Grand [Re: Ryan Hassell]
Del Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ryan Hassell
Hello all!

I am needing help. I have a Kimball Grand action that I'm working on with a missing whippen. Here is the picture...

... I cannot find a serial number, but I believe the piano was made in 1981. Am I correct that Kimball's used Schwander actions? I found a whippen on p. 119 in the Schaff Cagalogue that says it will fit a Schwander type grand action, however I don't see how it will work. Any suggestions?

This is Kimball's "compact" grand action. I believe it was only used in their "La Petite" (4' 7") grands.

I probably have a few of these around if you're not in too big a hurry. Contact me privately at one of the email addresses below.

ddf
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#1909742 - 06/07/12 12:04 AM Re: Whippen for a Kimball Baby Grand [Re: Ryan Hassell]
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Thanks Del!!

I just sent you an email!
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#1909809 - 06/07/12 03:21 AM Re: Whippen for a Kimball Baby Grand [Re: Ryan Hassell]
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certainly not a Schwander part wink
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#1909987 - 06/07/12 12:39 PM Re: Whippen for a Kimball Baby Grand [Re: Ryan Hassell]
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Yes, that's a little differently-shaped than the Schwander wippens in my 6'7 from that same time frame. It also seems quite a bit smaller, which matches Del's description of it being "compact".

I found the serial number on mine down on the underside of the piano, on the fairly thick, metal L-bracket that is running parallel to the keyboard. That bracket on mine is painted black and the serial number was "engraved", so to speak, and was only noticeable when I took a light under the piano to look for it. It's so well disguised, you can easily miss it, but the numbers/letters are actually fairly big. Hope that helps.



Edited by Steve in Cincy (06/07/12 12:41 PM)
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#1915501 - 06/18/12 11:45 PM Re: Whippen for a Kimball Baby Grand [Re: Ryan Hassell]
Ryan Hassell Offline
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Del,

I received the whippens. Thanks so much! Going to install it tomorrow.
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#1916456 - 06/20/12 10:28 PM Re: Whippen for a Kimball Baby Grand [Re: Ryan Hassell]
Ryan Hassell Offline
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Loc: Farmington, MO
Del,
Put in the whippen today. Worked like a dream!!!! Thanks again!!!
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