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    They now take credit cards as well.

    They now take credit cards as well.
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    +1 on Condon's. When we lived in NY we were a 20...

    +1 on Condon's. When we lived in NY we were a 20 minute drive from them. They have everything! - and the quality is top notch. Now that we live in NC, I still go up there a couple of times a year to...
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    Yup, but those days are over. Liberace was under...

    Yup, but those days are over. Liberace was under contract with Baldwin and they supplied the pianos for his concerts. He did, however, travel with a plexiglass lid which was used in place of the...
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    I do think we're getting close to hijacking this...

    I do think we're getting close to hijacking this thread. I'd love to talk to you more about miniature pianos, but perhaps we should do it by PM as I doubt our conversation would be of much interest...
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    Mel - years ago, my chapter of the Piano...

    Mel - years ago, my chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild was invited to Steinway Hall to meet with Franz Mohr, the head technician at Steinway. The highlight of the meeting was a tour of the...
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    No, I don't have a Steinway. I have a 6' Young...

    No, I don't have a Steinway. I have a 6' Young Chang. I drew up the plans myself by taking the overall dimension of a concert grand and figuring out the rest. I took some pictures of the piano plate...
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    Darn! - You figured it out. Still, getting that...

    Darn! - You figured it out. Still, getting that full-sized piano onto the bench was tough.:)
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    Thanks John. It was a fun and challenging...

    Thanks John. It was a fun and challenging project. I toyed with the idea of making the entire 88 note keyboard, but I knew that would be beyond my ability level - each key would be too small for me...
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    Several years ago I made a music box model of a...

    Several years ago I made a music box model of a Steinway concert grand piano. The music plays when you press down on the keyboard. I used an inexpensive movement as I couldn't see spending hundreds...
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    Very nice. Be careful - instrument building can...

    Very nice. Be careful - instrument building can be addictive.
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    I have the same saw and the same problems with...

    I have the same saw and the same problems with dust collection. The plastic shroud is useless - it clogs up too easily. I removed it and the dust collection is much better without it. Of course, a...
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    I've had the 15020C for a couple of years. It...

    I've had the 15020C for a couple of years. It replaced a much bigger and MUCH noisier Sears unit, and I was worried it wouldn't be powerful enough. I haven't found anything that my old unit would do...
  13. I'm surprised ShopFox still sells these casters....

    I'm surprised ShopFox still sells these casters. They must know, after all these years, that they are defective. My first set lasted 10 years. I had no problem with that so I ordered replacements,...
  14. Music stands are often taken for granted - until...

    Music stands are often taken for granted - until you have to use a wobbly one that you can't adjust. Yours is beautiful and functional and I'm sure will be treasured. Beautiful work!
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    Lee - here's a photo with the lid closed. ...

    Lee - here's a photo with the lid closed.

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    Morey - The side panels are not veneered. Instead, it is a faux marble finish using oil based paint and glazing liquid. The gold bands around...
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    Latest harpsichord finished

    Hi all,

    Just finished my latest harpsichord - a Franco-Flemish double manual. The case and lid are poplar painted off-white. The stand, keyboard (naturals), music desk, and lid stick are made from...
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    My grand piano miniature is 19" long x 11" wide....

    My grand piano miniature is 19" long x 11" wide. I'm not sure, but I think John's is smaller, which makes it all the more impressive. I'm sure he'll chime in with some dimensions.

    Ernie
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    I won't speak for John, but for me it's the...

    I won't speak for John, but for me it's the challenge. It also helps to be a little nutz! :)
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    You're so right - most folks don't realize the...

    You're so right - most folks don't realize the work that goes into one of these. Early in my career as a harpsichord builder, someone offered me $500.00 for a full sized, working harpsichord that...
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    I love miniatures and have made several myself....

    I love miniatures and have made several myself. Yours are truly wonderful - not at all like the mass produced miniature pianos for sale on the internet. Until someone makes a piece like this, they...
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    Try putting some tape along the cut line and draw...

    Try putting some tape along the cut line and draw your line on the tape.
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    Really nice job on your instrument. A lot of...

    Really nice job on your instrument. A lot of people say a clavichord is easy to build, but it's not - at least it's not if you want it to actually play reliably. Be careful, instrument building can...
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    I do a lot of kerfing in my work. In half inch...

    I do a lot of kerfing in my work. In half inch thick stock (poplar), I kerf 7/16" deep, and never have a problem with strength. However, the bends I'm making are fairly severe. I think making slight...
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    I had cataract surgery on both eyes, but 10 years...

    I had cataract surgery on both eyes, but 10 years apart. Those ten years were great. One eye for closeup - one eye for distance - no glasses at all. My wife had her surgeries 6 weeks apart, and those...
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    Actually, I've been using DeltaCad for years....

    Actually, I've been using DeltaCad for years. Compared to many on the market, it's a reasonably priced 2d CAD program that is relatively easy to learn. That said, it certainly has some weaknesses. No...
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