For customers who have had to have their key bushings replaced, this relatively time-consuming job may be avoided in future, in part thanks to Howard Piano Industries whose website educated me on this matter (In my spare time I still like to read up on the subject of piano tuning and regulation as it’s a hobby as much as a job for me). While browsing various websites I discovered another piano tuner who swears by PTFE powder as a lubricant on key bushings, so I ordered some online from Fletcher & Newman via amazon UK. After a piano tuning in the Sharrow area of Sheffield, I applied some of this powder to the bushings and low and behold, the sticking keys worked perfectly. This powder will be an invaluable part of my piano tuning/regulating tool kit in future. Not only can it fix problems with the key bushings, it can also be used to lubricate the Hammer Butt leather and Wippen felts, other sources excess friction coming from inside the action.
I have also ordered new key bushings, some new bass and treble strings and am now looking at upgrading my piano tuning lever and lever heads. Annoyingly, I couldn’t think of a place in Sheffield that would sell piano strings, so I ordered them online. Even though I’m 26, my parents still insist on buying me a christmas present, so I have asked if they would buy a new, top-quality lever for me.
– Richard, Piano Tuner Sheffield.