Mending an old piano in the UK

Yesterday, I thought I would help a friend here in Hastings by cleaning up his lovely old Pohlmann upright piano. The sustain pedal wasn’t working and Eb 4 was sustaining without the pedal. An inch of dust revealed a marble stuck under the pedal mechanism and I vacuum cleaned the whole instrument. So far so good. The next phase was a bit traumatic. The vacuum cleaner started popping of the bridle straps (little straps with tabs that reset the hammers after the notes were played). At present I have ten notes not working! I have managed to order new straps and am avidly studying the YouTubes. It doesn’t look easy but the straps arrive today and I have another ten days to ride the learning curve! Never shy away for accumulating new skills!

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