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#626241 - 02/17/02 05:31 PM Thanks Sam RE Ivory Top Replacement
Littlebit Offline
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Registered: 12/23/01
Posts: 62
Loc: CA
I finally got to the point where I felt I could tackle the ivory top replacement.
First I fitted the tops to the appropriate
keys so that they fit. I sanded under the ivories to make the adjustment.

I decided to use regular white glue and clamp method. I bought a couple clamps and started first to glue the couple of loose ivories as practice. It turned out that
using thick rubber bands wrapped tightly
all over the key worked like a charm with no slipping as I was having trouble with the clamps.

That did the trick quite nicely and it is the original method. I was too afraid to use the contact method as so of the ivories just barely made it across and I wanted to be able to do fine tuning adjustments.

It's beautiful and all ivory, I am glad I
took the extra effort to get the ivory instead of just putting some plastic.

I can't believe that I was searching for methods to hold the tops down and the trick was just simple cheap rubber bands which I already had.

Now I am back to sprucing up the finish
with a blend of 40 %tung oil, 40 %mineral spirits and about 20 % poly, to try to create a durable protective oil finish.

That's it, oh for that missing bushing I glued a piece of felt and it works fine.

Rubberbands, I am still laughing.
Thank heavens for rubber bands!

Thanks Sam,

:p \:D

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#626242 - 02/17/02 09:25 PM Re: Thanks Sam RE Ivory Top Replacement
SamLewisPiano.com Offline
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Posts: 635
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Sometimes low-tech is the best solution to a problem. Congratulations, Littlebit, on being inventive, and enjoy the piano!...Sam
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