SOUTH BAY CHAPTER
November Meeting: (2nd Tuesday) Board Meeting:
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm 7:00 pm
Location: Kawai America
2055 E. University Dr., Rancho Dominguez Hills
Our October meeting featured several chapter members having a sort of "Take your problem/solution to work Day."
Cecil brought a home-made collapsible grand damper soaking tray and also discussed the process of re-gluing ribs to the soundboard.
Bruce Grimes brought up broken damper tray blocks and flanges on Asian grands. Don Mannino says it's a common problem caused by excessive pedal travel (fierce piano players are the ones who break those trays). Cecil recommends carrying extra rail flanges, and Don recommends always checking the pedal travel.
A follow-up discussion on water damage segued to string covers. Cecil makes his own - carries a bolt of wool felt, cuts it to fit the lid, and applies stays across the struts. Stays are created from molding strips painted gold on top, with felt glued beneath. He ties the stays to the plate struts, then lays the cover on top.
Kenny brought in a self-tuning Les Paul guitar. (Now that's a scary thought if your mind turns to pianos.) He also asked the group, "How damaged does a piano have to be before one condemns it?" The consensus was that it is subjective, depending on the customer's sentimental attachment to the instrument and what the customer can afford.
It was, as usual, a fun and informative meeting with good pies and companionship.
For our November meeting, Nina Butler is sending us a WNG Shank Deflection Gauge with its accompanying instructional video. This tool makes it possible to see the differences in hammer shank strength. We can now quantify the differences among wood shanks, as well as the results from composite parts. Please join us to further your piano technology education and enjoy dessert with coffee.