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Thank you for the information gents.

Rob's last suggestion seems like the best one so far.

-Landon

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> On Dec 8, 2016, at 9:01 AM, David Jensen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Just a couple of details: piano techs often use an electric iron to heat
> the top surface of the white plastic naturals, then slipping a spatula
> between the wood and the plastic. repeat the process for the key front,
> because very likely it is part and parcel of the top.
> 
> Regarding arcades, the key front on these old Zuckermann keys are nearly
> square, whereas French or Italian keyboard's keyfronts were close to 1/2
> inch high by 7/8 inch wide, a dimension suitable for arcades.
> I would suggest not bothering with arcades- just use a slip of ebony.
> 
> In any event, do not undertake this project lightly, because if you get
> mired in insoluble problems, the instrument as a whole ends up unuseable.
> 
> dpj
> 
> 
>> On Dec 7, 2016 8:44 PM, "landonpeer" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Hi community,
>> 
>> A perhaps general keyboard question, not specific to harpsichords, though
>> I figure harpsichord folk would have the most experience with such things:
>> 
>> Does anyone have any suggestions for refinishing key tops? Specifically,
>> changing white naturals/black sharps to black naturals/white sharps on an
>> old Zuckermann.
>> 
>> It did occur to me that this may be too expensive & time consuming
>> considering the inherent value of the instrument, an act akin to repainting
>> the exterior of my old Subaru..
>> 
>> Thanks much,
>> -Landon
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