Escapement questions...

Started by Oliver Sheen, May 23, 2022, 05:54:30 PM

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Oliver Sheen

I'm currently restoring a 1969 suitcase top and have replaced, hammer tips, bridle straps, dampers and dampers arms. On the Fenderrhodes.com website it says to set the top E escapement at 1/16" and bottom E at 1/2". Bottom E is indeed at 1/2" escapement but top E is also 1/2" (not 1/16" as recommended)

I have quite a lot of lost motion and I'm thinking if I lower the right hand support to give less (1/16") escapement the damper won't lift off the top end at all. If I shim the right support in order that the damper lifts off the escapement goes upto almost a whole inch!

I realise that I do need to tweak my dampers somewhat but is 1/2" escapement across all the hammers acceptable?