Posts Tagged ‘83988’

Blüthner No.83988…

Written on May 15th, 2012. 0 Comments

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…

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

Assembling the action…

Re-fitting the keys to the keyframe. It’s very important to make sure the keys move properly, so each bushing will be eased or tightened to ensure frictionless movement, but without any slack. It’s a fine balance…!

Written on April 12th, 2012. 2 Comments

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…

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

Written on April 5th, 2012. 0 Comments

Bushing hammers…

Hammers fitted. Here, I’m making new bushes to hold the “Abstracts” in place.

Written on April 5th, 2012. 0 Comments

Abel hammers…

Fitting the new hammers to Blüthner No.83988. The hammers are made by a company called “Abel”. The wool used for the felt is best quality Marino, and the wood in these hammers is Hornbeam.

Written on March 28th, 2012. 0 Comments

Bass hammer…

Hammer No.1 prepared to be fitted to Blüthner No.83988. The hammer has been “spliced”, which is the name given to the process of cutting a chamfer into two of the edges of the bass hammers. The reason for this will become clear in later pictures…

Written on March 27th, 2012. 0 Comments

Carriages…

Blüthner “carriages” assembled, and waiting to be fitted to the keys.

Written on March 26th, 2012. 0 Comments

Key bushes…

New guide bushes fitted to all the keys, front and balance (middle). Later in the re-build, the bushes will all be adjusted to the correct tolerance to allow the keys to move freely, but without wobbling…!

Written on March 22nd, 2012. 0 Comments

No.1 of 88…

Note No.27 is the first to be strung on this Blüthner – only 87 more to do….!

Written on March 16th, 2012. 0 Comments

Eyes…

Every treble string on a Blüthner has a hand made eye at one end to secure it to the frame. Pictured here is the first of the 229 that will be fitted to Blüthner No.83988.

Written on March 16th, 2012. 0 Comments

Frame fitted…

The newly fitted frame seen here tied down (all screws fitted), awaiting “dressing” (fitting the wooden and felt parts).

Written on March 15th, 2012. 0 Comments

Shiny….!

Frame perimeter screws cleaned, buffed, and lacquered – and ready for fitting.

Written on March 15th, 2012. 0 Comments

Aliquot patent…

Lettering cast into the frame on Aliquot patent Blüthner pianos. The frame seen here finished, with lettering painted in enamel.

Written on March 15th, 2012. 0 Comments

Bellyhead…

Detail shot of the “bellyhead” on Blüthner No.83988. A rather interesting meeting of spruce, oak, beech, and maple.

Written on March 15th, 2012. 0 Comments

83988….

New soundboard fitted and finished, complete with transfer and serial number. It’s beginning to look like a piano again!

Written on February 29th, 2012. 0 Comments

Fitting the new soundboard…

New soundboard fitted (Blüthner No.83988). Next job will be to shape the front edge, sand and seal the board, and apply the new transfer and serial number…

Written on February 27th, 2012. 0 Comments

New soundboard…

Underside of the new soundboard for Blüthner No.83988.

Written on February 27th, 2012. 0 Comments

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