Pedals, Lyres and Trapwork
Fixing it right, the first time

One of the hallmarks of a skilled technician is that it’s done right the first time. Jim takes you through the most common repairs and teaches you tricks learned from years of experience in the University setting, where nearly anything that can get broken, does.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 - Understanding the upright (or vertical) piano’s pedals

  • A: The sustain pedal: It’s more than a measurement
  • B: The middle pedal: How many types are there anyway?
  • C: The left pedal: “That’s the ‘soft pedal’ isn’t it?
  • D: “It’s really the dampers…”

Chapter 2 - Trapwork in uprights

  • A: Troubleshooting systems: how is it supposed to work?
  • B: When the original design simply doesn’t work
  • C: Making new parts
  • D: “Squeak proofing” the springs and other parts

Chapter 3 - Pedals 101

  • A: Different types and their replacements
  • B: Pivot pins: Replacement and repair
  • C: Isaac Sadigurski’s “Permanent Fix”
  • D: Clean, but don’t remove the plating
  • E: Electroplating, and repairing broken pedals
  • F: Miscellaneous tips

Chapter 4 - Grand piano pedal adjustments

  • A: The sustain pedal: It must also feel right
  • B: The sostenuto pedal: What does that pedal do anyway?
  • C: The una corda pedal: It’s not a soft pedal
  • D: Four pedals?

Chapter 5 - Grand Lyres

  • A: “What inside the box”
  • B: Renovating the lyre
  • C: How do you get that darn S&S back on?
  • D: Troublshooting