Pulling balance rail pins

February 25th, 2015

The right tool for the job isn’t always obvious.

– pin should come out straight
– no damage should be made to the original hole
– the process should be efficient

Today’s solution:
A slightly modified pop rivet gun removes balance rail key pins axially, thus avoiding damage of the original hole. The only modification to the tool was to bore out the tip of the tool to match the diameter of the key pin.

Boring an upright hammer

January 6th, 2015

This video shows a field repair technique for boring an upright piano hammer for shank replacement. ┬áThis is the technique I use when working in customer’s homes.

Glue for Piano Technicians

November 30th, 2014

This is all about glue, and probably more than you ever wanted to know! This is my presentation to the Piano Technician Guild at the November meeting of the Salt Lake and Utah Valley Chapters:

Glues for Piano Technicians from mcguirepiano

Keytop replacement presentation

February 24th, 2011

The slides below are from my 2011 presentation on key top replacement.