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Offline Austinrhodes

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New to the Forum... questions about hammer not hitting tine
« on: January 20, 2017, 08:23:07 AM »
Hi.  New to the forum... excited about the recent Rhodes 73 Suitcase I bought.  Needs a little love here and there. 

The one I wanted to ask about now is that there is one key where as I strike the key, the hammer does not travel far enough to hit the tine.  The hammer action is just really weak.

I have the cover off and am about to remove adjacent keys to try and see what is happening... but was wondering if anyone here might have some ideas on why this is happening... or point me in a direction for things to look for. 

Thanks.

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Re: New to the Forum... questions about hammer not hitting tine
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2017, 08:32:14 AM »
Maybe the hinge where the hammer attaches to the action rail is broken? Sometimes one side of the hammer's "axle" breaks - the hammer stays put but it flops around when it moves.
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Re: New to the Forum... questions about hammer not hitting tine
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2017, 01:13:37 PM »
Is something under the key? ( guitar pick, coin,etc) look in the front for something that may be impeding the key travel. Also,be sure the hammer tip is present, and attached. It is rare, but the key stick itself could be broken in two.
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Re: New to the Forum... questions about hammer not hitting tine
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2017, 03:31:13 PM »
Both.  a paperclip was under the key... the found that the key itself has a crack.  Solved.  Thanks!

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Re: New to the Forum... questions about hammer not hitting tine
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2017, 09:44:46 AM »
Great! Did you re glue the key yet?

I recommend title bond or similar wood glue. It is usually better to completely break the key,re glue, then sand off excess glue after the glue dries.
1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
2017 Yamaha P255
2020 Kawai CA99
....and a few guitars...