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Offline David68

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140 keytop replacement
« on: March 07, 2019, 05:49:52 PM »
I have an abandoned Wurlitzer 140 in my shop, and, though playable, the white keytops pretty much all have multiple cracks in them. Cosmetically, it looks horrible. 

How bad a job is it to try to go in and do a complete keytop replacement?

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Re: 140 keytop replacement
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2019, 06:27:41 AM »
Send them to Mike Kurta who has done many keytop replacements for me.

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Offline pianotuner steveo

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Re: 140 keytop replacement
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2019, 08:35:29 AM »
Yes, you are better off sending them to someone with experience. You can buy new sets to put on yourself, but they are generic, and are usually wider and slightly longer than you need. Sanding them down to fit properly can be difficult to do, (to look professional) if you don't own the proper equipment. The amount of money you would need to spend on tools may be close to or more than what you would pay someone who does it all the time.

On the other hand, if you are becoming a professional technician, and you want to do this for other people in the future, you can try to DIY, but the first time I did it did not come out great.(I was only about 19 or 20 back then)
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 200A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2000 Yamaha acoustic piano
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
....and a few guitars...