Author Topic: '73FR73 Will hardware store washers work just as well on tonebar   (Read 306 times)

Offline JB

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Just wondering since I have new grommets and screws coming from VV for my '73 Fender Rhodes 73 and I thought the washers came with them but don't, will local hardware washers work just as well? And if there's anything else you might add to help with me changing them all out I'd be grateful. I have read just about everything I can find on it. One place recommended filing off the top threads near the heads like earlier screws used but is that really necessary or recommended? Thanks. JB
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Re: '73FR73 Will hardware store washers work just as well on tonebar 
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2020, 03:20:12 PM »
I personally don't see why you can't use hardware store washers as long as they are the same size and thickness. Maybe try a few just to see, and also try filing the threads on a few screws to see if you hear a difference. That would be a big job to file them all though...
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Re: '73FR73 Will hardware store washers work just as well on tonebar 
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2020, 04:43:05 PM »

The tonebar washers I have are:
0.432" in diameter (just under 7/16", very close to 11mm)
0.187" center hole (3/16", well under 5mm)
0.045" thick (3/64", 1 and 1/7 mm?  HA)


Let's see what we can find online:  Bingo!   https://www.mcmaster.com/91950A046/

SAE #8.  (General Purpose washers won't be the right size or thickness, you want SAE.)

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-8-Stainless-Steel-Flat-Washer-50-Pack-800022/204276447


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Re: '73FR73 Will hardware store washers work just as well on tonebar 
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2020, 06:00:35 PM »


Unless your existing washers are offensively nasty and rusted, you should just re-use the existing washers.

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Re: '73FR73 Will hardware store washers work just as well on tonebar 
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2020, 02:16:45 AM »
I ordered new grommets from Vintage Vibe in the refurbish kit with grommets hammer tips and dampers and bump mod.  The grommets came with new screws and washers.  I suspect that if you order the toner screws and washer kit you will be receiving a set of washers as well.

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Re: '73FR73 Will hardware store washers work just as well on tonebar 
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2020, 05:43:55 AM »
Thanks Pbean, you're right as rain, my mistake though it wasn't obvious to me when ordering that they did. Either that or I just plain missed it somewhere. I will post an apology and correction to VV. Looks like a 1/2  days work ahead of me but I am anxious to see what difference it makes and hope nothing goes awry like a stripped screw hole. Thanks again. JB