Stieff Rebuild - New sharps
Quality is a collection of small details. And for every piano, the first thing the pianist encounters is the keyboard. For a high-end piano, the look and feel must be superb. Inviting.
I enjoyed taking the time to ensure that the replacement sharps for this keyboard were second-to-none in fit and finish.
The new sharps are made of natural ebony and supplied by PianoTek Supply. I was thrilled with the craftsmanship and uniformity of the product. Fitting the the new sharps to the old key sticks proceeded as follows:
- Remove old sharps with steam and leverage.
- Scrape old keystick as needed (the old hide glue joint made this effort minimal).
- Glue new sharps, centered on old keystick.
- Bolster old keysticks with veneer applied with hot hide glue to allow the nice uniform sharps to be the ruling dimension (the old keysticks are not of uniform dimension).
- Sand veneer flush with the new keytop (this assures that pianist cannot ever feel a rough edge).
- Dye keystick sides black.
- Clean and polish new sharps (I used Howard's Feed and Wax for a light wax finish)
The picture below shows bolstering the keysticks with veneer, prior to final sanding and finish.
Installed on keyframe: