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Offline okoie

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green hammers
« on: July 15, 2015, 05:46:42 AM »
Hi friends,
In a piano I wanted to buy I have seen some hammers of the bass trings green-coloured at the striking point.
Someone  can explain why ?
Must I exclude to buy this one ?

Thanks in advance

Offline pencilart3

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Re: green hammers
«Reply #1 on: July 15, 2015, 06:00:07 AM »
Oh, one of those pianos. Probably because the zorgog alien from the planet zartron-9 slobbered all over the hammers with his green saliva, causing a disturbance in the chemical properties of the hammer.
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Offline indianajo

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Re: green hammers
«Reply #2 on: July 16, 2015, 04:19:30 PM »
Console bass strings are wound with brass or copper wire to increase the weight per foot.  This makes the bass strings shorter and fit in a 40" or 44" wood box.
If the piano has been exposed to humidity, the brass or copper could corrode and stain the hammers green.
I buy used pianos based on sound the responsiveness of the action, and passing of some other tests I've listed in http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php?topic=56680.0 and others
I certainly wouldn't pass up the right piano for a little corrosion on the felt.  I might say something to the seller about it to soften him up for the price I am going to offer.  I don't pay anything like the prices on e-bay. 

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Re: green hammers
«Reply #3 on: July 16, 2015, 10:36:53 PM »
Console bass strings are wound with brass or copper wire to increase the weight per foot.  This makes the bass strings shorter and fit in a 40" or 44" wood box.
If the piano has been exposed to humidity, the brass or copper could corrode and stain the hammers green.

That is probably a little more likely than the green saliva alien monster.  8)
You might have seen one of my videos without knowing it was that nut from the forum
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Re: green hammers
«Reply #4 on: July 16, 2015, 11:09:43 PM »
Time to change the striking pads IMHO...
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