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Re: Wire Size Calculations
By Bob Conant

In a message dated 96-04-23 02:48:18 EDT, you write:

> Subject: Wire Size Calculations
> Many years ago, I acquired a classic basket case 1922 Krakauer 6'
> Welte.
> Does anyone know if there is software out there somewhere that will
> help me calculate or determine in some way the correct wire sizes for
> all other strings when comes time to restring this piano?

You might want to talk to Bill Koenigsberg, Concord, MA. Bill is both an MBSI and AMICA member. Bill has done considerable research on Mason and Hamlin pianos and has determined that the precise wire size is critical to get proper sound from the piano and that the "sets" obtained from Schaff and others do not respect the exact original wire size. I expect he is going to say that you need to find another Krakauer piano of the same size and within a few serial numbers with known original strings and measure every string. His work with Mason and Hamlin has shown that getting the string sizes (including the wrap size of the wound strings) exactly correct will make a huge difference in the sound of the piano. I am sure he would be happy to discuss his research with you. I'm sorry, I don't know whether he has an online logon or not. Being a research scientist by trade I would be surprised if he didn't have access to the internet. Hope this helps.

Bob Conant

(Message sent Tue 23 Apr 1996, 19:11:06 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

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