[nafex] Piano Wire- Best Borer Tool

Fri Jul 6 18:43:11 EDT 2001

You're walking through the orchard and you notice reddish brown frass 
near the base of a tree.  You scootch down on your side and get your 
face near the trunk and, sure enough, the borers are at it again.  You 
reach for your pocket knife and start to carve away but the knife isn't 
really the best tool.

When I first started tuning pianos 20 years ago I never guessed how many 
uses there would be for piano wire.  Piano wire comes in numbered sizes 
from #12, thin as a paperclip, to #24, strong enough to suspend a piano, 
and is very stiff regardless of diameter.  From experience, I have 
determined that #18 makes the best borer tool.

The borers seem to travel up and down the cavity they create, enlarging 
it as they go.  I usually find the little culprits at the side of the 
cavity tight up against the healthy bark.  I run the wire around and 
around and often find the little white worm impaled on my wire.

I have odd ends of piano wire left over from stringing jobs and would 
like to offer my custom-made, pocket-siszed, piano wire borer tool to 
anyone who wants one.  Send me a stamped self-addressed envelope and 
I'll get one off to you.

Phil Norris
Blue Hill Piano Service
East Blue Hill ME 04629
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