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#2177306 - 11/05/13 02:30 AM Home made $35 Upright Action cradle
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Registered: 08/21/13
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Loc: Australia
Hi

I just made a cheap upright Action cradle from a few things I had lying around at home and some bits from the hardware store.

It cost me $35

I know this probably won't excite you folk from the US but here in Australia they cost about $300.

However, if anyone is interested send me a private message and I will email you some photos.



Edited by Spot (11/05/13 06:51 PM)
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#2178659 - 11/07/13 07:46 PM Re: Home made $35 Upright Action cradle [Re: Spot]
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Well, it doesnt actually work.

Too much movement.

Oh well.

Back to the drawing board!
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#2178886 - 11/08/13 06:52 AM Re: Home made $35 Upright Action cradle [Re: Spot]
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I´ll been considering for a long now to built one, since im in mexico is way to expensive to get it I´ll like to see your photos

Thanks in advance

Sergio Ruiz
sergio.ruiz@pianosandpianos.com

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#2179710 - 11/09/13 05:56 PM Re: Home made $35 Upright Action cradle [Re: Pianos & Pianos Mexico]
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A lot of people have requested the photos.

If there are any DIY type engineering hacks out there, it would be great for you guys to cast your eye over this to see if there are some simple improvements.

Perhaps between us all we could come up with a cheap and effective home made action cradle?
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#2179711 - 11/09/13 05:58 PM Re: Home made $35 Upright Action cradle [Re: Pianos & Pianos Mexico]
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A lot of people have requested the photos.

If there are any DIY type engineering hacks out there, it would be great for you guys to cast your eye over this to see if there are some simple improvements.

Perhaps between us all we could come up with a cheap and effective home made action cradle?

perhaps just list your ideas/improvements here


Edited by Spot (11/09/13 06:08 PM)
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#2179712 - 11/09/13 05:59 PM Re: Home made $35 Upright Action cradle [Re: Spot]
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I clamp sticks to the action frames that hold the action where I need it. It takes a few small c-clamps and some wood.
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#2179896 - 11/10/13 12:17 AM Re: Home made $35 Upright Action cradle [Re: Spot]
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Registered: 06/17/13
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Loc: AZ, USA
http://www.pbase.com/schnitz/image/151028283

I made this custom for my action. It is not universal. Stands are free to be moved about separately. Threaded rod into a 1" by 4" would have been better if they were into a 2x4. A bit more flexibility that I like. Posts sit on a short 1/2" bolt up from the bottom and ground off to a round ball like fit to the action brackets. Works.
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#2180401 - 11/10/13 10:40 PM Re: Home made $35 Upright Action cradle [Re: Tuneless]
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Registered: 08/21/13
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Loc: Australia
Thanks for everyones ideas.
I have a finished action stand.

Upside -
Very strong, stable, fully rotatable, and height adjustable.
Cheap.
So far works great, could highly recommend it at this stage.

Downside -
No good for transportation but great in a workshop environment. Also need to knock up a wooden jig for each action. (took me 1/2 an hour)

Total cost in Australia about $25-$35 depending on if you get the stands on special at supercheap auto wink

Thanks again to everyone who messaged me or posted with a suggestion.

Ben
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