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Parts, Service, Maintenance & Repairs / Tolex question
« on: January 27, 2021, 09:18:41 PM »
Hi, I've attempted to search for answers to this question but haven't found anything. Apologies if I'm asking something that comes up a lot!

I have a fairly beat-up 1972 stage piano and I'm about to start re-Tolexing the case. (I only have the case bottom.) I'm currently in the process of removing the glue from the old Tolex. There are lots of gouges in the wood which I'll be filling (probably with Bondo wood filler) and then sanding nice and smooth before I apply the new Tolex. But first I'm planning to primer and re-paint the inside of the case black.

My question is: will the Tolex stick to where I paint, or do I need to be careful about where I paint so I leave bare wood for the Tolex glue? (I'm using the stuff VV sells.) And if the Tolex will apply to paint happily, is there any reason not to primer the whole thing? That will help protect the wood from future rot and help make a nice, smooth surface after sanding. But I obviously don't want to do that if it will create adhesion problems.

Thank you!

Hi All,

I am the recent owner of a fairly dirty and beat up 1972 Fender Rhodes Mk1 Stage piano and am embarking on a journey of restoration. I was very happy to discover this forum. This is my first post!

I have lots and lots of questions but I'll stick to the most immediate one I have:

I also bought some remnants of a 1973 piano (case bottom, keybed, hammers, harp frame, and about 50 or so good keys), mainly to harvest keys from. It has the same type of keys as my 1972 (angled pedestal).

When I tried fitting some keys from the 73 into the 72 as a test, I noticed that on the keys the holes for the balance rail pins don't seem to be centered, on either piano. And how off-center they are seems to depend on which key. So not all the keys are "compatible," because sometimes they are too far off to one side and rub against the adjacent key.

My question is: is there some adjustment I'm supposed to make to the balance rail pins in this case?

Thank you in advance!

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