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General => The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano => Topic started by: bewells on February 19, 2020, 01:17:17 PM

Title: Tool For Turning Guide Pins
Post by: bewells on February 19, 2020, 01:17:17 PM
I apologize if this has been covered before, but after much searching I can't seem to find a solid answer.

I'd like to turn my guide pins to alleviate some side-to-side movement but don't want to use pliers out of fear of grinding them up.  Is there a recommended tool for turning these pins?
Title: Re: Tool For Turning Guide Pins
Post by: Student Rhodes on February 19, 2020, 07:17:25 PM
I'm pretty sure I've seen one in the past.  It looks like a large drum tuning key, but has a slightly oval shaped slot for putting over the pin.
Have you tried a piano supply store?
Title: Re: Tool For Turning Guide Pins
Post by: pianotuner steveo on February 19, 2020, 09:03:09 PM
Piano supply stores generally only sell to working techs. There is (or was) a tool with a U shaped slot that was made for this, but mine broke years ago. This is a quick but  temporary fix. The only correct way to fix this is to replace the key bushings, but it's a big job. I would just use pliers and place a piece of leather or felt between the tool and pins while turning so you do not chew up the pins.
Mine did not look like a drum tuning key. I found it the other day, not sure why I still have it, but it is broken. A stubborn pin will crack the cheap pot metal.