Piano Parts & Piano Tuning Supplies
We carry a complete line of piano tuning supplies, action parts & felts. It is very important to use good quality felts in a piano. Many piano manufacturers have experimented with various cheaper and inferior materials in their pianos. Over a few years, these materials broke down & now the piano technician has to replace these materials with good quality felts, sometimes at considerable expense to the customer.
Click here to see the full line of piano action & keyboard felt
We offer only the highest grade of piano felt in our piano tuning supplies from world-class manufacturers such as Chas W. House & Sons who is the largest manufacturer of woven felts for the Music Industry.
Upright Damper Head Felt: Scarlet lined and sewn crease. Tapered strip from 1-3/8" long to 1-3/16". Thickness tapers from 1/2" to 3/8". Strip is 19" long with red backing. Per strip or per set (cut to 45, 7/16" pieces).
This damper head felt is available from our piano tuning supplies in strips or cut to 7/16" wide pieces. On an upright piano, it is best to glue the felts on with the action in the piano. That way it is easiest to make sure that the dampers are properly aligned with the strings. Also the pressure exerted by the damper springs, holds the damper felt tight against the string while the glue dries.
Bridle Straps: These are one of the most common piano action parts that need replacing on older pianos. The original straps deteriorate with age and break off. New bridle straps are available from our piano tuning supplies in three different styles:
Click here for a complete catalog of piano action parts
Plain Bridle Straps. These are used mainly on new actions when the various parts of a hammer butt are assembled.
Cork Bridle Straps: As you will see in the picture, these straps have a small round cork glued onto the end of the strap. This style is very useful when it becomes necessary to replace bridle straps. The cork is pushed into the hole in the catcher & then the other end of the bridle strap is hooked to the bridle wire.
Spring Clip Bridle Straps: Some catchers do not have holes in them so these straps have a spring clip on the end which can be clipped on the catcher shank.
Bass String Replacement: There are several methods for replacing bass strings. A bass string may need replacement not only if it breaks but also if it becomes dead or develops a buzz in it. Bass strings become dead when the string becomes stiff with either corrosion or dirt accumulated in the copper winding. There are methods of "reviving" the old bass strings which sometimes greatly improve the tone quality but often the best solution is a new string or a new set of bass strings.
Click here for a full explanation of how a universal bass string is installed
New bass strings can be obtained by either sending the old string into a string winding shop for duplication or purchasing a "Universal Bass String" from our piano tuning supplies which can be cut to the proper length to match the old string.
The picture shows an enlarged drawing of a universal bass string illustrating the hexagon steel core wire which grips permanently the Copper Covering Wire. This is very important because if the winding becomes loose on the core wire, the string will develop a buzz in it or become dead.
Piano Casters: The casters on pianos need to be very sturdy to support the weight of the piano, especially at the back of the piano where most of the weight is. Casters may get broken if a piano is moved improperly or is dropped even a slight distance. Even transporting a piano on a rough road can damage the casters as well as the caster blocks. When a
piano is transported
it should be blocked up so that the weight of the piano is not resting on the casters.
Click here to see all the various styles of casters that we have available for upright & grand pianos in our piano tuning supplies
Sometimes it is desirable to replace the original casters with ones that facilitate moving the piano around frequently. This may be the case in schools & churches or other halls. The caster shown above, available in our piano tuning supplies, is a specially designed caster for just such a purpose. It has twin Rubberex wheels with a 2" diameter and double ball-bearing swivel. These casters make the piano very easy to move around & also they do not mark the floor like steel casters would.
Piano Hammers: Piano hammers and their quality determine to a large extent the tone quality of a piano. Other factors, of course, are scale design, soundboard design & material, piano wire quality etc. Piano hammers are constructed by forming a sheet of felt material over the hammer head moulding and then cutting into individual hammers. The density & shape of the hammer felt will affect the tone quality produced when the hammer strikes the string. A denser felt will produce a more brilliant tone whereas a softer felt will produce a more mellow tone.
Click here to see the various types of hammers that are available for upright & grand pianos
Over time the piano hammers get grooves worn in them from striking the strings and the felt becomes packed hard. Sometimes hammers can be improved by re-shaping them and softening the felt, called voicing. There are other times when the hammers are so badly worn that the best solution is to replace them with a new set. These are available in our piano tuning supplies.
Piano Key Tops: Years ago, before the ban on elephant tusk ivory, piano keys were usually covered with thin strips of ivory. Today, most piano keys are covered with plastic. Both ivory & plastic have their advantages & disadvantages. Ivory is nicer to the touch. Your fingers do not tend to "stick" to the keys as with plastic. Ivory, however, turns yellow in the dark. That is why you may notice that the keys at the ends of the keyboard are more yellow than the ones in the middle. That is because the end of the cabinet casts a shadow over the end keys so that they are exposed to less daylight. Plastic has the advantage that it does not yellow and is really stronger than ivory which chips easily at the front of the keys.
Click here to see our selection of keyboard recovering material
If you need to replace just a few broken or missing ivories, used ivory can be obtained from our piano tuning supplies. One thing to remember though is ivory cannot be shipped across international borders. Even though the used ivory came from a piano that was manufactured before the ban, it is still illegal. If you wish to purchase used ivory, it must be obtained in your own country. We have used ivory in our piano tuning supplies available for shipment in Canada. Occasionally, we have it available for shipment in the USA.
Refinishing a piano
can be a messy, smelly difficult job. There are a variety of finish removers on the market but the best ones are the methylene chloride based removers. They are non-flammable & quick acting. They must be used with plenty of good ventilation; outdoors is best. We carry in our piano tuning supplies finishing products manufactured by H. Behlen & Bros.'s, the top choice of professional and amateur craftsmen for easy, controlled applications, and beautiful results.
Click here for a variety of good quality finishing supplies
Click here to browse the complete line of piano tuning supplies
Return to Piano Tuning Tools home page