How to Order (Every Set is Custom Made to Your Specification):
1. Indicate the Number of Tires you want your set to contain (Minimum 12, Maximum 19) in the selector above, to the left.
2. Use the Checkboxes on the right to Specify the Wire Gauges you want your set to contain.
The number of checked boxes on the right MUST equal the number of tires you selected on the left! To avoid delays with your order, please count the checked boxes before adding your set to the shopping cart.
Bags may vary from picture
The ultimate wire storage system for field repairs.
Current estimated lead time: 3-4 weeks.
If you are ordering other (in stock) items that you wish to receive more quickly, please place a separate order for those items.
This compact, lightweight system keeps your wire coils organized, so you are always prepared to splice or replace a broken string. Each tire holds up to 3 ounces of wire, made of durable plastic, and is marked with a wire gauge number for easy identification. The unique design of the Piano Wire Tires prevents the wire from accidental uncoiling, which can be a problem with other storage methods.
This set is pre-loaded with 1.5 oz of Mapes International Gold wire on each tire.
Our unloaded set is a more cost-effective option if you prefer to use your own supply wire and load your own tires.
The basic set includes 12 tires, but you can configure your set to have as many as 19 tires (that is how many will stack on the storage tube).
What wire gauges are included?
It's up to you, because the set is custom made to your specification.
Available wire gauges: 12, 12.5, 13, 13.5, 14, 14.5, 15, 15.5, 16, 16.5, 17, 17.5, 18, 18.5, 19, 19.5, 20, 20.5, 21, 21.5 and 22.
What gauge configurations are popular/recommended?
We frequently get this question from newer technicians. To be fully prepared in the field, we recommend a set of 19 tires with gauges 12-1/2 through 21, and 22 (omitting 12 and 21-1/2). It's highly unlikely you will ever need to replace a 12 gauge wire, and most technicians consider it acceptable to use the next heavier gauge (12-1/2) for a field repair. Similarly, 22 gauge wire may be used in place of a 21-1/2 gauge wire for bass string splicing, etc.
Each Piano Wire Tires set comes with a lightweight zipper bag for transporting them. The tires are stacked on a 12" x 3.5" storage cylinder, which can also hold tools or parts.
When reloading the tires, we suggest using about 1.5 oz. of wire in each tire for a lightweight set that is easy to travel with, while still providing sufficient wire for the occasional string breakage.
Use this length/weight chart to help you cut the correct length of wire for each wire gauge.
How to load or reload tires: