[CAUT] Kawai KG-2C hammer shank-flange options

James Schmitt pianotenor at comcast.net
Sun Mar 4 08:52:59 MST 2012

The problem with hammers is that it keeps changing as to who is  
building what kind of hammer that develops the tone you are looking  
for.  I asked a rebuilder in our chapter, for whom I have high regard,  
who recommend a hammer and on two different jobs at different times  
but with the same tone in mind and he recommended two different  
hammers.  Ask a rebuilders opinion for your job.
James Schmitt
On Mar 2, 2012, at 5:29 AM, Andrew Anderson wrote:

> What hammer did you choose?
> Andrew Anderson
> On Mar 1, 2012, at 8:38 PM, James Schmitt wrote:
>> Andrew,  I had a Kawai in a teaching studio that was the same  
>> vintage and I did a very careful job of custom fitting a soft  
>> hammer on new shanks and flanges.  I was very happy with the way  
>> the job turned out and that was four years ago.  I would do it  
>> again if needed.
>> James Schmitt
>> On Mar 1, 2012, at 2:46 PM, Andrew Anderson wrote:
>>> The subject is in the studio of a piano professor and has had its  
>>> hammers reshaped a few times, and its knucles are the flattest  
>>> I've ever seen.
>>> I called Kawai in the hopes they would sell a pre-hung set.  No  
>>> dice.  Are original hammers and parts desireable here are is there  
>>> a hammer you prefer for the job?  In this case the piano is in a  
>>> high ceiling studio with hard walls and floors and I was called in  
>>> because it was too bright.  More than 1/2" of flat on top the  
>>> hammers definately didn't help...
>>> What hammers would you suggest sampling for the customer?
>>> Andrew Anderson,
>>> Artisan Piano

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