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#2304936 - 07/21/14 04:22 PM Missing Pedal rods for Bramburg (1890-ish?)
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Here is the ad:

http://tucson.craigslist.org/atq/4520845660.html

The owner claims she believes this was made sometime around 1890 or so, and that she cannot find the 3 pedal rods.

She thinks it's about 5' 7". She came down on the price, to $500. I'm hoping to haggle it down more, so I can have a beater grand to experiment on! grin

Will there be a problem finding the right pedal rods?

And how much will they cost, about? Can I buy them used?



Edited by Paul678 (07/21/14 04:23 PM)

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#2305093 - 07/21/14 09:38 PM Re: Missing Pedal rods for Bramburg (1890-ish?) [Re: Paul678]
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Are you sure of the name? It looks a lot like a Brambach to me. That brand would make it a "beater" for sure.
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#2305117 - 07/21/14 10:42 PM Re: Missing Pedal rods for Bramburg (1890-ish?) [Re: David Jenson]
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Originally Posted By: David Jenson
Are you sure of the name? It looks a lot like a Brambach to me. That brand would make it a "beater" for sure.


Yeah, either she or I got it wrong.

Anyways, will it be difficult to find replacement
pedal rods?

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#2305124 - 07/21/14 10:51 PM Re: Missing Pedal rods for Bramburg (1890-ish?) [Re: Paul678]
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I can make you up a set for about $500?
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#2305210 - 07/22/14 05:35 AM Re: Missing Pedal rods for Bramburg (1890-ish?) [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT]
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Originally Posted By: Ed McMorrow, RPT
I can make you up a set for about $500?


Ok, so since the company appears to be long out of
business, then making a custom set is the only way?

Possible to find replacements on Ebay or something?

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#2305244 - 07/22/14 08:08 AM Re: Missing Pedal rods for Bramburg (1890-ish?) [Re: Paul678]
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Originally Posted By: Paul678
Originally Posted By: Ed McMorrow, RPT
I can make you up a set for about $500?


Ok, so since the company appears to be long out of
business, then making a custom set is the only way?

Possible to find replacements on Ebay or something?

Trouble is that you might end up with rods from the deluxe model which will be a half inch too long. Then, what do you do?
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#2305246 - 07/22/14 08:17 AM Re: Missing Pedal rods for Bramburg (1890-ish?) [Re: Paul678]
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Pssssst! I can make you a set for $499.98 with free shipping. wink
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#2305320 - 07/22/14 11:39 AM Re: Missing Pedal rods for Bramburg (1890-ish?) [Re: Paul678]
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Isn't it against PW policy to haggle on price here? SHAME ON YOU ALL!!!
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#2305346 - 07/22/14 12:34 PM Re: Missing Pedal rods for Bramburg (1890-ish?) [Re: Paul678]
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#2305588 - 07/22/14 07:44 PM Re: Missing Pedal rods for Bramburg (1890-ish?) [Re: Paul678]
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'Sorry, I have no shame. 'Looks like all us helpful types have been undercut by the supplier Paul found. Drat!

Those brass rods can probably be made to work.
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#2305621 - 07/22/14 09:04 PM Re: Missing Pedal rods for Bramburg (1890-ish?) [Re: David Jenson]
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Ok, just took a look at this one. It was 4' 10".

Boy, what a piece of ****! I was afraid to touch
it, as one of the three legs was barely attached!

Cracked soundboard, of course, but not as bad as I would expect from the age. Hammer's weren't too bad, so I would guess someone replaced them at some point, but the
dampers were in awful condition. The sustain pedal rod was there, and she found the other two rods in pieces, but they look easy enough to fabricate from stock brass rod. One string was missing, and at least one of the hammer shanks was wired together.

So I would guess it would be a perfect beater piano for a newbie tech like me to fix up. I would have to replace all the dampers, almost for sure, and the hammers could be reshaped. The action was horrible too, with some tri-chord hammers hitting only 1 or 2 strings, and that would be good regulation practice. I would probably have to do some serious cabinetry to get that third leg to attach solidly again, and to repaint the peeling white paint on the back. And of course, it was horrendously out of tune.

Poor lady was asking $750 at first, and lowered her price to
$500.

I didn't have the heart to tell her she'd be lucky to be able to give it away for free.

I might offer her $50, as she was a very nice lady. But it will cost me at least around $70-80 to move this thing.

If she says no, I won't consider it a big loss not to get this P.S.O.P.O.S.

smirk



Edited by Paul678 (07/22/14 09:09 PM)

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#2306044 - 07/23/14 04:19 PM Re: Missing Pedal rods for Bramburg (1890-ish?) [Re: Paul678]
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Originally Posted By: Paul678
But it will cost me at least around $70-80 to move this thing.


Wow, that's quite a deal for moving a grand. The cheapest it ever was from me was $200, but that wasn't Uncle Louie with his truck and trailer either.

If the piano is going under your skylight I hoped you got the leak fixed. I hear those Tucson storms can be quite the deluge.
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