Archive for January, 2020

Material Matters: Jim Ialeggio

Posted on: January 3rd, 2020 by WNG

Materials matter. The quality of construction, craft, and end result depends not only on the skill of the craftsman, but also the quality of materials used. Wessell, Nickel & Gross went to Grand Piano Solutions in Shirley, Massachusetts to visit piano technician, Jim Ialeggio. Ialeggio has been a technician for 32 years and does rebuilds, repairs, and tuning with his son. He shared about his material science background and how it aided him immensely when he became a piano technician.

For Jim, the materials used determine what a product can or cannot do, and traditional materials have many limitations. In particular, the action centers of wooden actions can be extremely inconsistent and lose their regulation with very little provocation. This problem is completely eliminated with Wessel, Nickel & Gross’ hard bushing action centers, granting them complete consistency and reliability.

“When I got into piano work I immediately realized that some of the traditional material were crazy. They were just trying to do something that the materials were not capable of doing. One of my biggest complaints…was actions centers…If Wessell, Nickel & Gross did nothing else—just the hard bushings—they would have made an amazing contribution…”

The hidden benefit of using Wessell, Nickel & Gross parts is the value that it gives—it saves technicians time, energy, and ultimately, money. Regulation time is cut down, parts do not malfunction, and the quality does not degrade.

For more information on Jim Ialeggio, visit his website: