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#636883 - 02/10/09 10:07 AM First key rebushing
ScottM Offline
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Registered: 06/11/05
Posts: 556
I successfully rebushed my very first key yesterday. I only did the front and not the button, which I will get to eventually.

I have read that glue should be applied to the hole, but I applied it to the felt. Does it matter a great deal or is it done that way to make it less likely glue will accidently get on the felt in the wrong places?

I'm also wondering about the button. I see that the original felt actually wraps underneath the button into a slot as viewed from the side. I don't see any way to duplicate that without the button being detached from the key. Is that feature ignored when rebushing the button, or are buttons supposed to be removed from keys somehow?

Thanks for the help.
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#636884 - 02/10/09 10:32 AM Re: First key rebushing
Silverwood Pianos Offline
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Registered: 03/10/08
Posts: 4263
Loc: Vancouver B. C. Canada
Hey Scott,

I usually put the glue on the felt too. It just seemed to be easier for me rather than inserting something into the hole and getting glue on the other side of the key hole only to be scraped off by the caul used to fit the felt piece.

For the key buttons, I just ignore the curve at the bottom and lay the replacement felt straight in. Seems to work just as well…….

Is that the Pease upright you are working on? Wondered if you ever found the glass panel you were looking for.

Dan Silverwood
www.silverwoodpianos.com
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#636885 - 02/10/09 10:44 AM Re: First key rebushing
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Registered: 04/10/07
Posts: 634
Scott, do you have the Spurlock sizing and bushing cauls? Greatest thing since sliced bread!!
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#636886 - 02/10/09 11:12 AM Re: First key rebushing
Silverwood Pianos Offline
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Loc: Vancouver B. C. Canada
They have sliced bread now??? When did that start?

Dan Silverwood
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#636887 - 02/10/09 11:49 AM Re: First key rebushing
ScottM Offline
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Registered: 06/11/05
Posts: 556
I got the aluminum cauls from KS piano. I saw the Spurlock ones, and I bet they're the best way to go, but I think I'll be OK with the ones I got. I also got some teflon powder, but I don't know that I got enough on the felt this time. Still it feels better in the piano with just a little more resistance than before and just a tiny amount of side to side play (I would guess less than half of what it was with the old worn bushing).

Hi Dan! Yes, it's the Pease. No I never found another glass panel for my sister's piano, but mine are good.

I saw a piano that was probably the same model for sale in Colorado on Craigslist a few months agao, but the picture was poor and looked distorted, so it was hard to tell.

I have heard about this sliced bread stuff, but I think it's a communist plot.
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#636888 - 02/10/09 12:01 PM Re: First key rebushing
Erus Offline
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Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 386
Loc: Mexico
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Originally posted by ScottM:

I have heard about this sliced bread stuff, but I think it's a communist plot. [/b]
I know, "equal slices", what kind of nonesense is that? What's next?

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#636889 - 02/10/09 12:57 PM Re: First key rebushing
JDelmore Offline
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Registered: 04/10/07
Posts: 634
Well, aluminum or brass cauls worked for years...no reason they shouldn't still. But, if you're in business (I assume you're not, since I see no "notification"), the Spurlock system sure does a professional job...QUICK!!!
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#636890 - 02/10/09 04:46 PM Re: First key rebushing
Zeno Wood Offline
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Registered: 11/20/07
Posts: 495
Loc: Brooklyn, NY
The Spurlock website has a really good set of instructions and photos about key rebushing. Even if you're not using his products (which are good, by the way), the site is very informative.

http://www.spurlocktools.com/

Click on Tech Tips.
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#636891 - 02/10/09 05:17 PM Re: First key rebushing
ScottM Offline
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Registered: 06/11/05
Posts: 556
Thanks Zeno. I'll take a look. If anyone here is still wondering, I am not a professional. Kind of easy to tell, really.
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