how to rig a stuck piano key
October 18, 2012 10:31 AM Subscribe
How can I jerry-rig my stuck piano key so it it returns fully?
posted by vraxoin to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a Wurlitzer spinnet from the 1950's, which a friend gave us in return for getting it out of her garage. We've had it tuned, but there's a D that's got a problem. It's not exactly stuck; what happens is that if it's pressed softly, it taps the string, but doesn't always rebound back into place. I'm not sure what pulls the hammers back on the other keys, but they all fall nicely back into place, even if you hold them up against the strings and let go. With this D key, if you hold the hammer up to the strings and let go, it just sits there.
Now, the piano tuner said he could fix it, but it would require replacing part of the assembly. My question is if anyone knows a way that I can rig it so it works, like by taping a penny to it (taping a penny to it does not work). I don't care how it looks or if it's really fixed, if I can actually get the key to sound every time.