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Topic: Help Identifying Parts [PLEASE?]  (Read 736 times)

Offline xamlzealot

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Help Identifying Parts [PLEASE?]
on: March 26, 2020, 08:27:45 PM
When it comes to instruments or music in general, I am a complete numskull. Some years back my daughter inherited an antique (circa 1920-something) Lion & Healey 56 scale baby grand, and it's become everything to her. Please forgive my ignorance, I will do my best to describe the parts I'm asking about without knowing relevant jargon.

The pedal unit has 3 pedals which push rods up to armatures on the bottom of the main instrument body, and at the top of those rods is a threaded end with adjustable wooden "pads". Recently 2 of these have broken, and I'm hoping y'all can help me name these parts before I call for repairs.

I have attached a couple of pictures of one of the broken items for review. If you can tell me what they would be called I would be very grateful. Thanks in advance.

Offline pianoexpert

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Re: Help Identifying Parts [PLEASE?]
Reply #1 on: March 29, 2020, 06:56:54 PM
It looks like a "Pilot" ....

Offline silverwoodpianos

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Re: Help Identifying Parts [PLEASE?]
Reply #2 on: March 30, 2020, 03:04:04 PM
They don't really have a name that i know of.

I have always called them wooden adjustable push rod ends or threaded push rod dowels.

New ones not required as the old one can be glued back together and re threaded.
Dan Silverwood

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Offline usedpianocenter

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Re: Help Identifying Parts [PLEASE?]
Reply #3 on: April 03, 2020, 03:29:04 PM
As a piano technician, yes the dowel could be glued but often the pressure the adjustment screw exerts sideways will cause the repair to fail.  It is incredibly simple to cut and make a new hardwood piece out of a dowel, drill it and reinstall.   Most technicians should have the ability to do so.  Furthermore, some of us actually carry parts similar that can be used as well.

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