----- Original Message -----
From: Ron Overs
Sent: Saturday, February 03, 2001 10:09 PM
Subject: Re: Positioning Plate/Action
A 52 mm speaking length at C88 will work, but the strike point at 9.5
mm from the capo will not allow the note to speak effectively. Our
225 piano has a C88 speaking length of 53 mm. We found that the
strike setting which produced the highest sound pressure level was
between 2.5 to 3.0 mm from the capo', optimally 2.75 mm. If you
position the plate for a 52mm speaking length, you will be unable to
move the keyboard enough to correct the strike, since it would run up
against the key slip, and there would be excessive clearance between
the fall board and the black notes. While alternatively you could
reduce the hammer shank length by 6.5 mm to arrive at a satisfactory
strike, this is a major change (there may be insufficient space
between the hammer moulding and the hammer stop rail). You may find
it easier to move the plate away from the stretcher by at least 3 mm
to reduce the C88 speaking length to 49 mm which will bring the
hammer strike point back to 6.5 mm from the capo' (Steinway Hamburg
historically set C88 at 53 mm in the D - the most recent D we
measured [circ. 1999 piano] had a C88 length of 49 mm). You may then
be able to correct the strike by mounting the hammer 3.5 mm along the
shank towards the center (I am assuming that the optimum strike
position is 3mm - this will need to be verified by moving the action
backwards and forwards as the note is struck).
Web site: http://www.overspianos.com.au
----- Original Message -----
From: J Patrick Draine
Sent: Friday, February 02, 2001 11:03 AM
Subject: Re: new ivory info
>I have a customer who wants new ivory on a M&H A. Can anyone help me with
>suppliers, costs, etc? I know I got a flier in the mail, but I've misplaced
>Lance Lafargue, RPT
If you're looking to subcontract the key work, contact Tom Rourk, 81
Craigie Circle, Carlisle, MA 01741, (978) 369-5366. He can probably
supply ivory if you prefer to do the work.
Try Rick wheeler at roseland piano in milwaukie,oregon. Rick makes beautiful
new keysets and offers one piece ivory as an option. This is the only
source I know of and I personnaly would not wish to install expesive ivory
as a first time lark.
Perhaps the flier you are refering to came from David Warther in Ohio(?)
He sells new sets of legal pre-ban ivory.
Although I've never purchased any from him, I know people who have, and
they were very pleased. Also, my own reaction to having spoken with him on
the phone is that he's very honest and would be a pleasure to deal with.
Finally, when I talked with him, he said that he prefers calls in the
evening *after* regular business hours.
Here's the info.
David Warther Carvings
1387 Old Route 39
Sugarcreek Ohio 44681
(330) 852 3455
Richard Wagner RPT
You might also try Hester Lox 415 282 8650. I have not personally seen her
work, but I know she does full keyboards and has a stock of ivory. Your
customer should be prepared that the work is quite expensive,
(8-10K possibly) and it might be hard to justify given the value of the