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#629146 - 08/03/05 11:23 AM Pedal
gulfsidebo Offline
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Registered: 08/01/05
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Loc: florida
I am missing a sustain pedal. Any ideas on how I can find out the most appropriate pedal to use to replace it? It is a 1957 Mason and Risch upright with only 2 pedals (sustain and softener). Is that what you call it...a softener?

Thanks in advance.

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#629147 - 08/03/05 11:41 AM Re: Pedal
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The technician who does the work will find a suitable replacement, probably replacing both pedals with something similar. This is not a do-it-yourself project. It involves tilting the piano to remove the bottom.
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#629148 - 08/03/05 04:28 PM Re: Pedal
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BTW, the second pedal is called "una corda".


#629149 - 08/03/05 04:58 PM Re: Pedal
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You might not have to remove the bottom board to replace pedals. Not all pedals are bolted all the way though the bottom board - many are just screwed in though the top. - even so, it's a job for a tech, not a do it yourself.

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#629150 - 08/03/05 07:11 PM Re: Pedal
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All pedals are bolted from the top, but you can't get them into position without removing the bottom or performing some awful contortions. Plus if you don't do things exactly right, you can strip the screw holes, and it's just about impossible to get them screwed in securely enough to keep from pulling out again. Replacing pedals without removing the piano bottom is poor practice.
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#629151 - 08/04/05 12:49 AM Re: Pedal
vin mrykalo Offline
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Registered: 03/23/04
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Loc: Kansas
I have modified a "C" clamp for the purpose of pressing out the pedal pin, which is usually the reason you can't remove the pedal through its "window". Thus I can sometimes remove and replace a pedal without tilting, etc.
Vince Mrykalo RPT MPT
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#629152 - 08/04/05 10:15 AM Re: Pedal
gulfsidebo Offline
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Registered: 08/01/05
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Loc: florida
Thanks everyone for all your responses. Since having a working sustain pedal is not a necessity for beginners, I will wait and pay the money for a tech to install it rather than do it myself...even though I'm a handy guy.


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