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#625820 - 02/13/09 02:56 PM Bushmaster
Scooters Offline
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Registered: 02/03/09
Posts: 227
Loc: N.E. Montana
Howdy Folks, :p

I'm new to the Forum and as a Randy Potter Student, new to Piano Tech work in general and hence my question.

I've just got into the Key and key bushing repair part of the course. It talks about the Genisis Jig and The Bushmaster tool. How many of you guys use these tools? I'm not going to go out and buy any tool until I really need it or can otherwise justify the purchase but I sure would appreciate your input on this.

That Bushmaster tool really works slick for setting that bushing felt in properly. (as shown in my school video) I haven't tried the manual method yet but that's my next step according to the course instructions. I've got the sample keys (sharps and Nats) and bushing materials as will as a white bushing caul tool.

As for this Forum, It's really great to read and see all the interest in the various topics. Thanks in advance...


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#625821 - 02/14/09 12:07 PM Re: Bushmaster
Silverwood Pianos Offline
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Registered: 03/10/08
Posts: 4263
Loc: Vancouver B. C. Canada
Hey Scooter,

Welcome to the forum. I don’t use the Bushmaster tool myself, but maybe some of the others do .Also try doing a search in the search bar and see if you can come up with any comments about the Bushmaster item.

Dan Silverwood
Dan Silverwood
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."

#625822 - 02/14/09 01:47 PM Re: Bushmaster
Scooters Offline
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Registered: 02/03/09
Posts: 227
Loc: N.E. Montana
Thanks Silver,
I was just trying to see what other ways of doing the job would be.

I think, for key top prep the G. jig is a great way to go. Cost is low, speed is really good and trying to peal off tops that have the wrong glue on them is fixed by using the jig. Plus key base prep is done as will as is keytop height. Just glue on the new tops, finish work, and re-install at the client's home.

The Bushmaster tool can do a whole set of keys in a few minutes and get all installed to the same specs.

I'll do the search and thanks for the help.

If anyone else has a different method they could describe, I'd sure appreciate the lesson.

Thanks, \:\)

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We love to play BF2

#625823 - 02/14/09 01:53 PM Re: Bushmaster
Jim Frazee Offline
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Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 393
Loc: Westchester County, New York

Welcome and congrats on your attitude! I'm also a Randy Potterite. First, the Bushmaster tool is just the greatest thing since sliced hammers. Now, having said that, follow Randy's advice very closely and don't buy ANY tool until you have a job coming up in the next week or so which requires it. As an acquisitive tool freak, I did NOT follow that advice and have excellent tools I haven't used yet and probably won't for some years more. If you join PTG or have a mentor (or both) you'll have plenty of oppotunities to try tools before you put out the big bucks to add them to your kit(s).
Teacher, performer, technician
Westchester County, NY

#625824 - 02/14/09 02:08 PM Re: Bushmaster
Scooters Offline
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Registered: 02/03/09
Posts: 227
Loc: N.E. Montana
Hi Jim,

Good advice. I read that (don't buy until you need it) in Randy's course too. I'm trying to resist but my hand keeps going for my wallet! Durn! I'll admit I like tools. My wife can't keep me out of the hardware stores and junk stores looking for "TOOLS"! At least I'm not in the bar spending my money on .. er .. other things! (grin).

I'm mainly getting the stuff I'll need for the pre-piano check-out, and trying to acquire some of the other catalogs like pianoteks.

Got to try to get a profit margin acquired first.

Some course huh! Lot's of info!



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We love to play BF2

#625825 - 02/14/09 09:40 PM Re: Bushmaster
Sam Casey Offline
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Registered: 02/05/05
Posts: 1135
Loc: SW Missouri
Bushmaster for me.


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