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Varnished soundboard…

Varnished soundboard…

Underside of the Style-X soundboard has been varnished – next job is to glue the board into the case. The wooden buttons in the picture are there to spread the load from the screws helping to hold the bridges onto the board.

Written on September 10th, 2012. 0 Comments

Busy workshop…

Busy workshop…

Soundboard shaped to fit the case, and bridges positioned, and rough bearing set. Just about to glue the bridges on, then start varnishing the underside of the board. Tomorrow the board will be glued into the case.

Written on September 9th, 2012. 0 Comments

“X” soundboard…

“X” soundboard…

The new soundboard (also known as the “belly”) for the Style-X Blüthner. Seen here in the process of being fitted to the case – it arrives slightly oversized, and is then trimmed all round to fit snuggly to the shape of the piano.

Written on September 8th, 2012. 0 Comments

Soundboard day…

Soundboard day…

The new soundboard arrives at 12 noon! The case is all prepared – the bracings have been cleaned and lacquered, the slips (the area that the soundboard is glued to) cleaned, and the new polyester wrapped up for protection during the work.

Todays work will mainly involve fitting the board to the case – tomorrow the bridges (three of them on this piano) will be positioned, bearing set etc. Last job of the day will be varnishing the underside of the board ready for it to be glued into the case the next day.

Written on September 7th, 2012. 0 Comments

New bass bridge…

New bass bridge…

New maple bass bridge blank completed, seen here next to the old bridge on the bandsaw. Notice the new bridge is a few millimetres taller than the old one – this is to give me some material to play with when setting up the bearing a little later in the rebuild.

Written on September 6th, 2012. 0 Comments

Bass bridge…

Bass bridge…

Rough cut Maple to build a new bass bridge for the Blüthner Style-X. Seen here just before the top piece was thicknessed to produce a bridge of the correct height.

Written on September 4th, 2012. 0 Comments

Tuning…

Tuning…

With the piano fully strung, it now needs to be brought up up pitch. Quite a gradual process on this piano, as various parts of the stringing mechanism need to settle down (sometimes helped a little with some carefully placed taps from a hammer + drift) before the tuning can stabilise.

My Accu-Tuner IV is being used in its most basic form here – as a tone generator, with a foot switch to increment/decrement the tone as I change notes.

Written on September 4th, 2012. 0 Comments

Stringing tools…

Stringing tools…

I needed rather more stringing tools than usual for this piano! I usually use just one pair of pliers for a start…

The piano is now fully strung, and will have muting blocks (to damp the non-speaking part of the string between the tuning screws and the “capo” bar) fitted later today before the task of bringing the piano up to pitch begins.

Written on August 31st, 2012. 2 Comments

First bass strings…

First bass strings…

For me, always a bit of a landmark during a rebuild – fitting the bass strings. Seen here, the first two strings in position. Also a nice view of the re-capped bass bridge (using new Maple, and the original bridge pins).

Written on August 31st, 2012. 0 Comments

Brinsmead – new tuning screw…

Brinsmead – new tuning screw…

The first of the new bass strings is being fitted to the Brinsmead, and also this beautifully crafted new tuning screw. I’m very thankful to a good friend of mine for all the effort he put into making this part for me. (And he’ll be very pleased to hear it fitted perfectly, and was a joy to work with!)

Written on August 29th, 2012. 2 Comments

Brinsmead stringing…

Brinsmead stringing…

Whilst the Brinsmead stringing system is very stable, it is a LOT more fiddly to work with than the design used on most pianos… (I have very sore hands at the moment!) In a few days, I’ll publish a series of pictures describing the stringing process.

Written on August 23rd, 2012. 0 Comments

Brass caps…

Brass caps…

6 notes done, 82 to go… The brass retaining caps on the Brinsmead tuning system.

Written on August 19th, 2012. 0 Comments

John Brinsmead No.31406…

John Brinsmead No.31406…

The name and number of my current piano (Circa. 1880), stamped into the area where a wrest plank would normally live. This piano hasn’t got a traditional wrest (tuning) plank – it uses a threaded tensioning system…

Written on August 19th, 2012. 0 Comments

Brinsmead No.31406

Brinsmead No.31406

Life became very busy recently! Piano work has continued, but it’s been far too long since I updated my website… My current piano is an 1880 Brinsmead grand piano, finished in burr walnut.

Written on August 16th, 2012. 0 Comments

Style-X…

Style-X…

After far too long in storage, my 1909 Blüthner Style-X ( 7’6″/228cm) was put back on its feet! I played it for about 10 minutes before the “teardown” process began…

Have a look under the “Current” heading for what’s going on at the moment.

Written on May 19th, 2012. 2 Comments

Blüthner No.83988…

Blüthner No.83988…

Written on May 15th, 2012. 0 Comments

Blüthner fall…

Blüthner fall…

Polishing work on Blüthner No.83988. Seen here, the lettering on the fall, with the reflection of the piano in the background.

Written on April 26th, 2012. 0 Comments

Regulating…

Regulating…

Mid way through the initial regulation of Blüthner No.83988. Here I’m doing a rough adjustment of the “setoff”, on the work bench.

Written on April 14th, 2012. 0 Comments

Casters…

Casters…

After rather a lot of re-building and cleaning, the casters for Blüthner No.83988 now look like this…

Written on April 5th, 2012. 0 Comments

Hammer assembly…

Hammer assembly…

The hammer seen here with flange and “Abstract” fitted.

Written on April 5th, 2012. 0 Comments

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