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Renner Shanks & Flanges

Renner piano action shanks and flanges are “dimensionally correct".

1. Unique Multifaceted Shank
Designed by Renner for increased strength and superior energy transmission of the hammerhead.

2. Knuckle
Finest quality materials, rosewood inset for maximum strength and torque resistance.

3. Action Center
Exclusive Renner designed pre-glued and graphite flange bushing cloth for stronger and more uniform action centers.

4. High Definition Flange
Designed to provide a more accurate flange seating on the many different rails produced over the years for both vintage and modern pianos.

More About Renner Shanks & Flanges

Renner shanks and flanges are “dimensionally correct” ensuring that the original action dimensions and relationships are maintained when the part is installed. Recent entries into our business have borrowed this term to describe dimensions, that are not authentic, and will fundamentally change the original design. Extreme examples include moving the hammer shank knuckle to a distance of 18mm from the center pin in order to reduce action weight at the front of the key. Reducing the leverage ratio at the hammer shank will certainly result in making the key easier to press down, as piano makers have known for 300 years. Doing so, however will have detrimental consequences in other areas of the mechanism including:

  • A reduced amount of available hammer blow distance with the same touch depth
  • Greater touch depth with the same hammer blow distance
  • Slower acceleration of the hammer towards the string, resulting in lower contact velocity
  • Greater hammer weight required to reach equivalent ability to displace the struck string

One of the little known secrets of every Renner action part is the use of a special wood called Weissbuche – Hornbeam in English – which is naturally air-dried and aged over several years. The use of only the finest quality materials, including the famous Renner bushing cloth, are among the many reasons why genuine Renner parts are preferred by the world’s finest quality piano makers and rebuilders.

Action Center

Exclusive Renner-designed pre-glued and graphited flange bushing cloth for stronger and more uniform action centers.

Exclusive Renner-designed pre-glued and graphited flange bushing cloth for piano shank action centers.

Unique Multifaceted Taper Shank

Each set of Renner hammershanks include three levels of tapering in order to reduce the touchweight evenly from bass to treble.

Renner Multifaceted Piano Taper Shank

The bass section (A) includes notes 1-58; the tenor section (B) includes notes 59-68; the treble section (C) includes notes 69-88. One extra bass and treble shank are included in each set. The difference between the tenor and treble shanks is very subtle, so the tenor shanks have a small indentation in the wood just below the knuckle.