By Charles Flaum
|Colin Hinz writes:|
> I notice that International Piano Supply claims to match ivories to a
> sample. Any comments out there on this?
Even though this guy (it is only a one person company) is a competitor of mine, maybe I'll start using him for this myself. Matching ivories for length, width, color, shade can be very time consuming. That's not counting matching up for specific notes. As long as he's not charging much extra-it's probably worth it (if he's competent).
>> The best plastic keytops are from Yamaha. Now you can try the whole
>> process of putting them on yourself or you can send them out to be done.
>> The guy I use is:
>> Ted Oberhaus
>> Seneca Piano Key
>> 4977 Frontenac Rd.
>> Trumansburg, NY 14886
>> tel: 607-387-3095
>> His work is truly great, with beveled edges on all sides (and he uses
>> Yamaha keytops).
> Any idea of his rates? (I.e. what would a typical job cost?)
His rates are as follows: Tops $130; Fronts $30; Bushing per rail $45; Sharps (plastic) $70; Sharps (ebony) $130; and he will return the good used ivory if asked (that's how I amassed my collection).
> Are these the same material that Yamaha uses on their electronic
> pianos? I have a Yamaha PF85, and while the plastic keys are alright,
> they aren't worth writing home about. The plastic keytops on the junker
> keys have a better feel overall.
I do not believe they are. The Yamaha PF85 does not (if I remember correctly) have a wood key as it's base.
>> As far as keeping the plastic non-greasy, it gets that
>> way because it isn't absorbent. Try using Cory Keytop Cleaner.
> Any idea what's in this stuff, aside from a non-solvent-based degreaser?
> Is there a more generic equivalent?
I don't know what's in it. I know Cory and a chemist had experimented with lots of keyboards. I don't know of any generic equivalent.
Charles Flaum, RPT
CMF Piano Accessories
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