Supplier of fine European piano felts, parts, tools, and more
News & Events
News & Events
Changes at Piano Forte Supply
January 2019 In order to serve our clients better, reduce clutter and increase efficiency, we are incrementally changing our selection of tools, parts and materials to better reflect the demands and needs of piano technicians.
There are a number of items which have a very low demand and often sit on our shelves longer than it is practical from a business perspective. We will be cutting these items from our selection to streamline our operation. These include obscure parts and accessories. Existing stock will be sold off and not re-ordered. They will still be available as special order items. Contact us or check the Clearance page.
March 2018 Because of the high cost of entering and processing, packaging, and billing for each order, we have found it necessary to raise our minimum order level to $40.00, not including taxes and shipping fees. Orders for less than this amount can be honored and processed; however, they will be subject to a $15.00 handling charge.
We cannot continue to invest so much time and energy in processing money-losing orders of less than that amount. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we thank our loyal clients for their understanding.
October 2017 Grand Piano Casters are now available for high-end furniture work. If your company is looking for special wheels to support and move custom bar carts, easels, desks, islands or tables, we may have the solution.
Working with our German manufacturer of our grand piano wheels, we have come up with low-profile solutions for mounting casters under your exquisite piece of furniture. These double wheel casters are machined from solid brass and incorporate five b ball and needle bearing for impeccably smooth rolling and swiveling. The brake locks the wheel securely when the cabinet (table, cart, bed) is not being moved. Non-marking PUR tread is optional, and casters made entirely out of stainless steel are available as well.
These are modified versions of our D sized grand piano casters. The modification include a short stem and changes to the geometry of the body and the brakes so that the wheel can swivel 360 degrees under a base of a cabinet without touching the brake knob.
April 2016 This beautiful new video from the Wurzen Felt Company shows the making of felt for pianos. My friend Jack Brand, company owner, takes us on a whirlwind tour of felt manufacture. Piano Forte Supply carries Wurzen made Crescendo™ Punchings and Crescendo™ Felt.
February 2016 Master Craftsman Piano Technician Henry Studley left us, and the world, an amazing legacy: his magnificent tool chest. This collection of his tools is famous, with posters of it gracing many woodworkers’ walls. Up to now it was unavailable to the world, housed in a private collection. This book is an in depth look and analysis of the tool chest and by extension, to its creator. A fabulous “must have” for piano technicians and tool lovers.
Jan. 2016. The Dr. Bendit String Bending Tool will help settle new strings, aid in tuning stability and improve tone. This tool helps to better define the bend of string wire at the bridge pins, resulting in a string which “hugs” the bride pin instead of traveling in an arc in front of and behind the bridge.
The benefits of a well defined string wire bend at the bridges are well known. Up to now, technicians have done this by pushing or tapping against the string just past the bridge pin. The bridge pin takes the brunt of the force, and often it is loosened as the wood holding it in the bridge surface is compressed and crushed. This can lead to false beats and other tonal problems.
With this tool, is easy work to safely define the string bends at the bridge pin. The tool is placed onto the bridge pin and by turning it, the little nose catches the string and defines the bend in the wire. The bridge pin is not on the receiving end of the stress involved in defining the bend.
September 2015 The Hide Glue book by Stephen Shepherd is now back in stock. The book had been out of print for a while, and we are happy to be able to offer this important work of practical knowledge aka the “Bible of Hide Glue”!
Sept. 2015. Piano Forte Supply is pleased to announce that we now offer special pliers designed for side voicing piano hammers.
Side needling, or lateral needling, as it is also called, is becoming increasingly well known and popular – for good reason! Side needling can help to soften hard hammers without disturbing the integrity of the hammer surface.
Feb. 2015 Trimming tri-chord dampers can help to eliminate damper “whoosh” and zinging noises. Oliver Esmonde-White, high end technician from Montreal, demonstrates how to trim damper felt using damper felt scissors in the video below.
Jan, 2015. Last fall, we were approached by a high end accessories firm who was designing an exclusive bar cart. What they needed was the perfect matching casters to provide the foundation – and transportation.
The criteria were strict: the casters were to have clean elegant lines, to complement the hardwood and leather cart. The needed to roll easily and swivel smoothly, and of course there had to be a locking mechanism to keep the cart from wandering. In the end, the choice fell on our medium size casters, with the non-marking rubberized coating, with the star brake handles.
Here is what the website states:
“The Sidecar rolls (or rests) on precision-turned casters fabricated for concert grand pianos. Solid brass and wrapped with a protective coating to preserve delicate floors: the wheels swivel and lock with precision.”
Piano Forte Supply is very proud to play a part in helping to bring this project together.
For the price of a compact car, you too can own one of these bar carts!
Someone asked which tool can be used to remove hammers from WNG shanks, which have a significantly smaller diameter than wood shanks.
The Piano Forte Supply hammer shank extractor pliers have a punch/die/plunger which is threaded and screws in. It is secured by a small set screw. see photo.
This allows the user to:
1) adjust the depth that the die plunges into the workpiece
2) replace the die if it should get damaged or lost
3) fit the tool with other, customized dies of different diameters, lengths and taper.
The die is essentially a piece of 6 mm threaded rod (or a machine screw with the head cut off) with the business end machined to slightly tapered punch. It would be fairly easy to make your own custom dies for this tool, even without a lathe, using only a drill press.
This photo shows the business end of the pliers with the die removed. The die threads into the tool and is secured by the small black set screw. You can adjust the depth by how far the die is screwed it. You can also replace the die with a slimmer one for small diameter shanks.
Several features make these the go-to material for technicians doing precision Touch Weight and Inertia Adjustment and regulation, to get that “Touch to Die For”.
The material is a very pure lead – considerably softer and hence easier to swage than other lead slugs.
Our leads are not tapered like slugs from domestic sources. Tapered leads will only contact the edges of the hole at their thick end (unless someone can bore a conical hole to match their shape). Our leads will never rattle around in their hole and are less likely to loosen and dislodge
Our leads are extruded, not cast, which means they have no voids and are are very uniform in size. They are a consistent very snug (thumb pressure) suction fit into holes bored by Forstner bits
The best thing: our leads are extremely consistent in weight. The variance is 0.1g at most from one piece to another. Conventional leads have variances exceeding one gram! See the following email I received from one technician: