The Fortepiano Maintenance Handbook

The Handbook is a through discussion of maintenance, repairs and regulation of the commonly encountered makes and models of reproduction Viennese fortepianos. It is based on direct experience of building the two main brands of kits, and maintenance and repairs to many of the custom built instruments, as well as consultation with the various instrument makers. There are sections on stringing, action work, damping, pedals and knee levers, a sequence of regulation procedures, and general troubleshooting. Humidity and environment, moving, and concert preparation are discussed. Included are addresses of fortepiano makers and sources of supply, a bibliography, and detailed action drawings of the two main types of Viennese action. Soft cover, 40 pages. Price: $20 plus $5 for shipping and handling, US funds. Order from Margaret Hood Fortepianos, or The Instrument Workshop. (e-mail
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The Harpsichord Repair Guide

Similar to the Fortepiano handbook, this covers repair and maintenance topics, regulation and voicing in detail, with drawings, bibliography, list of current harpsichord makers in the US and Canada, suppliers of parts and materials. Soft cover, 42 pages. Price : same as above, $20 plus $5 for shipping and handling. Order from Margaret Hood Fortepianos.

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Margaret Hood Fortepianos
580 West Cedar Street
Platteville, WI 53818 USA
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