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Rotary Pump Makes the Grand Piano Shimmy
By David Dewey

Hmmm, here are a couple of thoughts from suggestions posted on
this "lively piano."  John Grant mentions having a customer's piano
up on cinder blocks while the legs are being repaired.  Cinder blocks
are fine as a construction material, but are oftentimes deadly as a
temporary support block -- they have a tendency to turn to powder
with little, if any, warning noises.

And not to pick on you, John, but one advantage to the hide glue is
that it is the adhesive that was originally used to assemble the leg,
so if the separation is at the glue joint, the new hide glue will
bond better to the old glue than any modern glue will.  And avoid
"Gorilla" glue; it's completely wrong for this application.  Check
with woodworking sites to find out why (it's much to long an issue
to post here).  Yes, Titebond and similar glues have their places
and I use them myself.

Orientation of the casters -- that's a really good point.  If all
three are facing the same way, it would be easy for the piano to move
in that direction.  Bah, that's too simple a fix! :)

Regarding the free Behning Welte baby grand and rolls, 'tis a sign
of the times.  Eleven years ago I paid $1,000 for my Chickering (no,
not that Chickering, the uncle of them, though) Welte grand with no
rolls, plus moving it (fortunately I knew the mover and he made me
a deal) and mine needs everything done to it, from case down.

Ah, well...  I also invested in Citicorp.  Maybe I can make up for the
losses in volume?? :(

David Dewey -- standing at the train station waiting for my ship to come
in.  I don't understand -- what's wrong with this picture?

(Message sent Wed 4 May 2016, 20:43:51 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

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