[sdiy] Upper felt stopper for Roland RS-202

Steve Lenham steve at bendentech.co.uk
Thu Apr 15 17:06:36 CEST 2021

Sorry to hijack this slightly, but I have been meaning to ask for a 
while: does anyone know whether/where it is possible to get similar 
replacement felts for Fatar mechanisms?

I have a lovely GEM Promega3 e-piano with a weighted Fatar mechanism. It 
was heavily used by its previous owner and the keys dropping sound like 
hailstones on a corrugated bitumen roof ;-)

Yamaha DO sell replacement felts - I refurbished the keybed in my 
previous Yamaha digital piano with new felts (made by Yamaha but bought 
off eBay) and it made a huge difference. But the Fatar ones are slightly 
different, of course.


Steve L.
Benden Sound Technology

On 15/04/2021 15:34, Benjamín Velasco via Synth-diy wrote:
> Hi Kenny, thanks for the quick answer. I meant the felt that goes 
> attached to the keyboard frame. Actually there are two strips that 
> perform this function (upper stop). One goes on top of a metal bar 
> attached to the frame, facing downwards and damps and stops the vertical 
> movement of the white keys (contacting a flap at the end of each white 
> key). This is 2.5mm thick and 7mm wide. The other one is beneath the 
> frame, also facing downwards and stops the vertical movement of the 
> black keys. This one is 1.5mm thick.
> Here is a picture of the white felt i need to replace (the black is fine).
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/7fj3zvfpeh65b92/IMG_20210414_211415_1.jpg?dl=0 
> <https://www.dropbox.com/s/7fj3zvfpeh65b92/IMG_20210414_211415_1.jpg?dl=0>
> I'll check the felt you mentioned. Thanks for the answer
> .
> El mié, 14 abr 2021 a las 20:57, Kenny Balys (<kenny at beatkamp.com 
> <mailto:kenny at beatkamp.com>>) escribió:
>     Do you mean that felt strip that goes over top of the beginning of
>     the metal bars attached to the plastic keys?
>     If so, I have cut those strips out from felt cloth from the local
>     cloth / leather supplier. This works ok.
>     You can also get the piano muting felt but I find most of
>     that stuff is either too thick or too short.
>     I recently made a felt strip for my Jupiter-4 from felt cloth cut
>     to be "Beinwicklung" from the medieval clothing supplier:
>     https://burgschneider.eu/winingas-wool-aki-grey.html
>     <https://burgschneider.eu/winingas-wool-aki-grey.html>
>     This felt is perfect for the task. That is, perfect if I
>     have understood your need correctly.
>     On 15.04.21 24:39 , Benjamín Velasco via Synth-diy wrote:
>      >    Sorry! I meant 2.5 mm thick and 7mm wide. These are the actual
>     measurements.
>      > I believe it could be the same keybed as the SH series synths
>      >
>      > El mié, 14 abr 2021 a las 20:20, Benjamín Velasco
>     (<guatis at gmail.com <mailto:guatis at gmail.com>
>      > <mailto:guatis at gmail.com <mailto:guatis at gmail.com>>>) escribió:
>      >
>      >     Hi guys
>      >
>      >     Anyone could point me to where I could get a replacement for
>     the upper felt
>      >     stopper of my Roland RS202 string machine? The strings are
>     very clacky when
>      >     released (not when pressed) The felt seems like 2mm thick and
>     5mm wide.
>      >
>      >     thanks!

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