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Meet Marvin Rus, Chief Concert Technician for Eastman School of Music

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Marvin began his career in 1983 at Michigan State University and studied with noted technicia, Owen Jorgenson. Later, from 1987-1992, he became the “Coordinator of Keyboard Technology” at Wichita State University. Marvin has worked for Eastman School of Music since 1993 and has been rebuilding the schools’ old and worn-out pianos with Wessell, Nickel and Gross composite parts.

Featured is Marvin’s personal Mason & Hamlin Model A. James Reeder Pianos refinished and did the belly work on the piano. Marvin installed a WNG back action and top action stack on a WNG keyboard. To date, with the help of Jim Reeder, Marvin has completely restored over a dozen pianos, a couple dozen with individual components, and about 10 personal rebuilds.

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WNG Keyboard and WNG assembled top action.

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WNG assembled damper action.

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Rascal wanted to pose as well with Marvin’s beautifully completed rebuild that will be cherished for many, many years!

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With the WNG composite action many problems associated with wood actions just disappear, such as:

  • Centerpin resistance that will not change with humidity
  • Composite shanks that have consistent strength and do not warp
  • Screws that will not loosen as in wood parts
  • Hard anodized capstans and key pins that minimize friction

Also, WNG has excellent features such as:

  • Adjustable damper helper springs to increase dampening for large pianos
  • Adjustable damper lever capstans
  • Spoons on damper underlevers for ease of adjustment
  • Choice of leading options for damper underlevers

And

  • Customize Repetitions, Shanks and Flanges
  • Adjustable repetition helper spring options
  • Repetitions with fourteen heel placement locations
  • Three different jack types
  • Knuckles can be attached or unattached
  • The WNG precision system locates the knuckle from 15 mm to 19mm in .5mm increments