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is not finished without new key coverings. Unless you really have to
feel of ivory, new plastic looks so much more clean and bright. Don't
It will surprise you how shabby they look
after doing the whites.
We don't just put random products up on the web -- we actually use the products ourselves!
Some of them are items we have discovered over the years and are exclusive to us.
We have marked these products Only available from us in the item listings below.
BUY FROM PROFESSIONALS WHO ACTUALLY DO THE WORK.
We have free piano key top installation instructions here:
Section 36 of Chap. 7.
Minimum Order $20
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2. Part Numbers
4. Dimensions where needed
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CONTENTS FOR THIS PAGE
- Keytop Restoration Kits -- complete kits to replace old ivories or celluloid
with new molded tops.
Everything you need to resurface your piano keyboard yourself.
- A La Carte-- individual items for replacing piano sharps or naturals inclulding
used ivory and used and new ebony.
- Key Recovering Tools and Supplies -- adhesives, buffing materials, ivory chip filler,
ebony stain to help your piano "smile".
- Shop Services-- Let us do it for you. From individual keystick duplication to a
new set of ivories, you can have a shining new piano keys without the trouble
and time to do it yourself.
- Related products and information on our site.
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Complete Piano Key Top Restoration Kit
kit is designed to restore both the naturals (white keys) and sharps (black keys).
We have included everything you need to do the job. You get professional items we
use in our shop and are not available elsewhere.
is what is in the kit:
SH1396 -- A set of 52 Natural White or Off White Key tops
We supply only the one piece tops with fronts molded to the
top. If you would like to substitute
SH1496 or SH1497 keytops, you may do so for an additional charge.
SH384H or D or SH385H or D-- A set of 36 Sharps (Black)
Be sure to measure
your old sharp ALONG THE BOTTOM so we can match the length. More
is found below about these part numbers.
$ 14.00 extra-- These give a smooth sheen to imitate real ebony.
Must be polished with fine 0000 steel wool after gluing.
3. Full roll of Glue Film for keytops. We now use this in our shop. It's quicker, cleaner and easier.
Just apply like masking tape from a roll and then peel off the backing. No clamping needed!
(Not a "double-stick tape" but an actual layer of glue that you apply from a roll !)
Includes trimming blade w/handle!
Exclusive product only available from us.
SH199-- One 3/8 inch Key Dip Gauge Block to level the Keys when done. Plus a selection of center and
front paper shims for leveling.
SM4236-- Our Professional Black Dye-4oz. No mixing required. (Caution when opening as it can
in carpets etc.) The black stained wood
at the front of the sharp key levers
dulled to gray over the years. It will look very ugly if it is
not restored to total black. This wood is easily
seen when the natural white keys
are depressed. Includes brush. Only available from us.
You will need to provide a
7 inch fine double cut flat file. Do not dress key tops with sand
every tool in the kit will be of use in any workshop later except the Key Dip
instructions provided with this kit. Also see our online instruction at Section
36 of Chap. 7
you mess up a key top -- like getting a finger print on it -- tell us which note
you need, and we will
send one new one free. You pay shipping only. Only one
key top supplied in this safety net offer. For
more than one replacement,
pay $ 4.00 each. Again, we need to know which notes needed. THIS OFFER
IS ONLY GOOD FOR SH1396 KEYTOPS.
makes this offer!
$ 91.75 w/gloss sharps . . . . .$105.75 w/satin sharps
our Key Lever Restoration Kit Here
Key Tops Only -- Full Set of Black and White
kit includes 52 natural white key tops and 36 black sharps.
Doing the white
tops only will almost always make the black sharps
look dingy, even if they
seem to look good now.
Molded high quality plastic WITH FRONT ATTACHED-
Set of 52-
Set of 36- 3 1/2"- High Gloss finish as in modern pianos
$ 60.00-- This is a savings of $ 12.00
PRICE: $ 74.00-- This is a savings of $ 12.00
TOPS AND IVORIES-- a la carte . . . Back to CONTENTS
Part Number Price
See Section 36 of Chap. 7 for
instructions to install these parts.
Standard White "Natural" Keytops-
A soft white best for wood-grain piano cabinets. Not "off white".
Molded high quality plastic
WITH FRONT ATTACHED- Set of 52-
key tops are a bit thicker than old era plastic, so they cover imperfections
in the wood better. Many times there is no filing needed, but if needed, it is
accomplished with a fine file. Made in the USA of acrylic plastic,
these key tops
do not easily scratch, and they will raise the value of any
piano, especially if you are
doing a restoration for sale. I have restored
a number of pianos and sold them.
Frankly, in spite of my fussy protocols
for refinishing the wood, the most startling
thing about a restored piano
is the new white and black shining keys smiling up at
the potential buyer.
Would you remember Teddy Roosevelt's picture if it were not
for his white
teeth and big grin?
key tops with fronts attached stay on better because the front molded to the top
helps anchor the whole top on better.
You can NOT put the new key tops on over the old ones.
Also, the fronts may need to
be removed if using the key tops with
molded on fronts. See Section
36 of Chap. 7
White "Natural" Keytops- Available in two sizes; with or without attached fronts
German one piece keytops WITHOUT
fronts attached- Set of 52-
50 mm heads SH1491W $
52 mm heads SH1492W $ 55.00
German one piece keytops WITH fronts attached - Set of 52 - 50 mm heads SH1496W $ 49.00
52 mm heads SH1497W $ 55.00
Light Cream "Natural" Keytops- Available in two sizss; with or without attached fronts
German one piece keytops WITHOUT
fronts attached- Set of 52- 50 mm heads SH1491
52 mm heads SH1492 $ 55.00
German one piece keytops WITH fronts attached - Set of 52 - 50 mm heads SH1496 $ 49.00
52 mm heads SH1497 $ 55.00
Black "Sharp" Keytop-
Molded high quality plastic-
of 36- 3 1/2"- High Gloss finish as in modern pianos
of 36- 3 1/2"- Satin dull finish to look like ebony
Set of 36- 3 3/4"- High Gloss finish as in modern
Set of 36- 3 3/4"- Satin dull finish to look
Set of 36 3 3/4"-Satin finish; .555" height SH1493 $ 45.00
Set of 36 3 3/4"-Satin finish; .595" height SH1494 $ 45.00
36 of Chap. 7 for instructions to install these parts.
may feel your sharps look just fine. Only white natural key tops are needed.
Over and over we have customers only buy white tops, only to return later and
buy the sharps. The bright shining new white key tops make the old sharps look
tacky, even though they seemed OK at first. We strongly encourage you to get
both white and sharp key tops.
following single key tops and sharps are ONLY for OUR customers
purchased sets of key tops and ruined more than one.
[ We will replace one
ruined one free plus postage.]
Single "Natural" keytop
with molded front attached (Specify key, such as D or C)
$ 4.00 ea.
Single "Sharp" plastic
$ 4.00 ea.
EBONY AND IVORY PIANO KEY COVERINGS
Ebony Sharps- NEW Set of 36
3 3/4" long, .550" (14 mm) high, for grand pianos SH386
NEW Set of 36 3 3/4" long, .595" (15 mm) high, for grand pianos SH386A $ 595.00
Used real ebony sharps-- Standard
$ 7.00 each
Due to rules adopted by US agencies, we can no longer sell used ivories except within Michigan.
You should contact a piano technician in your state for used ivories.
These one piece molded keytops have become very
popular over the past few years. The satin ivory tops
have a translucent nature just like real ivory. So,
need to use an opaque white glue. Use our glue tape
to attach. Or, GE White Silicone Sealant at your local hardware.
Overall length- 6 inches.
NOTE: The Vagias Full Keytops (1321, 1321, 1322, & 1323) are one piece tops only; they do NOT have attached front
Also, the 1328 & 1329 Tails do not come in a set. They are only available in one width--there are no wider ones available
for the two end keys.
KEY TOP CHOICES
1320 Full Keytop- One piece - -|
SH 1321 Full Keytop- One piece - -
1322 Full Keytop- One piece - -
SH 1323 Full Keytop- One piece - -
1324 Head only - - - - - - - - - - -
SH 1325 Head only - - - - - - -
- - - -
SH 1326 Head only - - - - - - - - - - -
SH 1327 Head
only - - - - - - - - - - -
SH 1328 Tail only - - - - - - - - - - - -
SH 1329 Tail only - - - - - - - - - - - -
SH 1330 Key Front only - - - - -
SH 1331 Key Front only - - - - - - -
White- 2 inch Head- Set of 52 - - - - - $ 32.00 |
Gloss White- 1 15/16inch
Head- Set of 52 - $ 32.00
Satin Ivory- 2 inch Head- Set of 52 - -
- - - - $ 32.00
Satin Ivory- 1 15/16inch Head- Set of 52 - - $
Satin Ivory- Light Color-
inch Head- Set of 52 - - - - - - - $ 29.40
Satin Ivory- Medium
1 15/16 inch Head- Set of 52 - - - - -
- - $ 29.40
Satin Ivory- Light color-
1 7/8 inch Head- Set of 52 - - - - - - - $ 29.40
Satin Ivory- Medium Color-
1 7/8 inch
Head- Set of 52 - - - - - - - $ 29.40
Light Color- Each - - - - - $ 0.65
Medium Color- Each - - - - - $ 0.65
Satin Ivory- Light
Color- Set of 52 - - - - - $ 29.40
Satin Ivory- Medium
Color- Set of 52 - - $ 29.40
Ivory-Fil -- Be a "Keyboard Dentist". Fill the chips in your piano's "teeth" instead.
With this kit you can repair of chips in genuine ivory that blend in almost
perfectly. One kit will fill about 30 chips. The answer for those who want
to preserve their existing ivory keyboard. Only available from us. IVFIL
Bar Polish- A block of buffing wheel compound used to polish plastic or
For genuine ivory--
For Pyralin or Ivorine Plastic-- 2 lbs
Go to Section 39 of Chapter 7 to
learn how to use Bar Polish.
Buffing Wheel-- For buffing plastic
or old ivory keytops with buffing compound
1/2" hole-- Can be mounted on a bench grinder arbor- Useful
polishing jobs also,
such as brass and nickel parts- Can mount more than one-
10 inch diameter --
8 inch diameter -- 60 ply
Ultra-Fine Abrasive Paper-- This extremely fine grit is
not available in hardware stores
1000 grit- per sheet
$ 3.60 ea.
1500 grit- per sheet- May help polish old ugly ivory key tops
Glue Tape -- Our new product dispenses a perfect film of glue from a roll.
We use this in our own shop. Good for gluing plastic and ivory key coverings
as well as veneer and other flat surface mounting tasks. Items being joined can
be repositioned but after 8 hour cure the joint is solid. One roll of tape easily
does an entire set of black and white key tops. No mess! No clamping needed!
50 ft. Roll Includes Trimming knife. Only available from us. FC001 $ 15.00
Plastic Glue for Key Tops--(Replaces PVC-E Glue)--Not
as prone to spoil key
tops when you blunder. Excellent
for pump organ and player pneumatics bellows
material to wood.
Use also to glue felt and leather in place. Can be thinned
20% with water.
4 oz. bottle
PVC-4 $ 5.00
8 oz. bottle
PVC-8 $ 8.00
PVC-16 $ 14.00
Ebony Stain - Our professional black dye stain. Provides a deep black finish for
ebony sharps. Also used for staining the wood of the keystick under the sharp that
shows when the adjacent white key is played. Same function as the Aniline Stain
Powder below but easier to use.
4 oz. bottle. With brush. Only available from us.
Stain Powder-- 2 oz. Mix with denatured alcohol
to blacken the key
lever wood under the sharps.
Caution when opening as it can cause trouble in carpets
etc. The black stained wood at the front of the sharp key levers has likely
gray over the years. It will look very
ugly if it is not restored to total black.
wood is easily seen when the natural white keys are depressed.
Use two per key to hold while drying.
Comes with a 1" by 6" wood block to use between the clamps and
the key top.
Glue a piece of thin felt or cloth to the wood block to avoid scratching
the new key top.
SH247 $ 12.50 per pair
Four clamps to do two key top applications at a time
SH247 $ 23.00
Front Spring Clamp--
One jaw of the clamp inserts in the front pin hole while
the other jaw of the clamp
holds the key front.
A square 1 inch brass block is supplied to use between the
clamp and the key front.
HINT: Again, add a thin piece of
felt or cloth to the block to avoid scratching
the key front. Position the front first, and
then clamp the key top for a very tight
and square fit. Do not wait for the top or front to dry before finishing.
Do all gluing
in one operation. SH248
$ 16.25 each
Let us restore your keyboard to like-new appearance. We have over 30 years experience and can replace your white and black key coverings to bring a new "smile" to your piano. We provide routine services like piano key top replacement and key rebushing as well as specialized procedures like replacing the wood where someone has done a bad job of sanding during a previous key replacement job. Contact us for a quote for your needs. Sample prices for common procedures are below:
New White Keytops
New Black Keytops (add-on with whites)
New Front & Balance Keybushings
New Genuine Ivory Key Coverings (set of 52)
New White Key Coverings from Bone (like Ivory)
of paper shims
for leveling keys
Protect, and Polish Key Tops
Stains, Lubricants, and Polishing Products
to level your Piano Keys (from our free online PIano Repair Instruction Area)
To study the diagram of the Grand, Spinet,
Full Upright, or Grand Damper
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