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Originally Posted by BDB
It is a materials failure. There are cords that are still good after 100 years. But just as with bridle straps, cotton is not a long-lasting material. I think the old cords were silk.

I bought a length of silk loop cord from Schaff years ago. It was very expensive, I think a metre length, and beautiful to work with, as it wasn't too springy, and was just the right thickness.

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Interesting. I'm working on a piano from 1902 where the cords are fine but the springs are disintegrating.

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There are organic materials that last longer than metals. I have replace a lot of Steinway repetition springs, because the wippens are fine, but the springs have fatigued.


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Just replaced cords on a 1971 Yamaha P2F... will out last the owners...


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Wow ! had to come back and thank everyone (since I started this post) and let you know that I have saved all the photos, links, and information in hopes that I’ll never need ever need them. Lol.
I am a semi retired guitarist. Nearly permanently retired from touring cause of pandemic.After 64 years as a guitarist, I touched my first piano at age 72. I have no delusions of grandeur on piano but have fallen for it so passionately that I’m seriously considering selling a few of my guitars to get a U 3 or K 5
I have to be on the guitar still cause it still brings in $ but I feel like I’m cheating on the piano now. I practice piano though minimum 3 hrs a day.
My tech is due next month to tune as part of warranty service and will let him be sure all is good. I managed to take off the front of piano and look at all those parts -certainly look nice and in tact. Looks new for 32 years.
Hopefully I haven’t hurt it much. My teacher has a huge Kawai grand that takes up his whole living room. Initially he said I was very “bangy” but I’ve developed some grace now .
Thanks again.

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