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  1. Fred Yonley
    August 14, 2018 @ 6:56 pm

    Recently I have been wishing that the Fazioli Grands didn’t attach the fallboard to the end blocks. My customer just has me tune their 7 ft. model only once per year. This last time I noticed a knock coming from the ends of the key frame. I was able to adjust the end blocks to push slightly more downward to remove the knock. I have not had this issue come up much with Steinway Grands but Baldwin used to build that into their fallboards to require some downward pressure. My only complaint with Fazioli is that one has to remove the screw on each side where the end block connects to the fallboard. On this particular occasion I was trying to do the disconnect while on the their floor and perhaps didn’t have enough lighting. Also I have trouble keeping track of my best glasses for short distances. Anyway the metal end piece from the right end block managed to flop toward the fallboard and made an audible contact with it. It put a very small knick in the fallboard, but went through the polyester so that one could see the wood below. It seems that the thickness of the polyester was very minimal, but don’t know how it compares to other makes. I have taken a few classes on this repair, but didn’t have enough experience to offer to repair it myself. I will be paying for the repair. My customer required that the fallboard be taken to where it was purchase in Arkansas. We are in the Dallas, Texas area. They dropped it off recently on their way to Illinois. I went to their home and removed the end blocks so that they didn’t have to take those along with the fallboard. Also I thought it best to have the keyframe firm against the keybed during their absence. When they return, I will be putting the fallboard back in place with the end blocks attached. On the last trip we set the fallboard assembly up on a bed crossways so that things could be more easily managed. I still managed to let loose of the left end block slightly which allowed the wood part only to hit the fallboard. No damage occurred though. My suggestion for next time is to place a towel across the fallboard as the end block screws are removed. The left end block is much heavier than the right one so that I have found that special care needs to be used when handling it during the removal of that screw. Yesterday when tuning a 1935 Steinway Grand at a school here in Dallas. There was the usual sluggishness and had to pull out the action a few times. I appreciated not having to deal with any screws aside from the ones that hold the end blocks to the keybed. The wing nuts on the Fazioli are nice, but the other screws are a pain to deal with. They require more attention and slow down the process of connecting the end blocks to the keybed with the fallboard removed. I think that after voicing it is a good idea to listen to the tone with the fallboard in place. Then there is the chance that the fallboard needs to be removed again. This had to be done on the Fazioli the last time tuned due to the knock that I notcied. I had voiced this grand about 11 years ago, but don’t recall having to remove those screws. In that case there must have not been a knock present with the fallboard assembly out of the piano. This grand has been in 2 very different humidity situations during the past 15 or so years. My suggestion for some Damp Chaser humidity control was not accepted. They found that the underside of the Fazioli was so immaculate that a few screws to hold the rods and humidistat in place would have been a sacrilege. Hence they came up with various methods of adding humidity under the piano while in West Texas for about 10 years. It has been back here for almost 2 years.

    I may have developed a jinks syndrome for working on this grand much beyond tuning. I have recommended voicing and regulation, but am thinking I may not be up for that job.

    Does Fazioli intentionally plane the keyframe on the ends so that a knock occurs without the end blocks screwed down. As mentioned earlier Baldwin used to do that for various reasons. There is zero chance that I will cause a nick or scratch in a Fazioli Grand in the future. I now have a method to my madness.


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