Posts Tagged ‘83988’

Key repairs…

Work on the keyboard continues. Many of the leads have corroded and swollen, resulting in a lot of the keys splitting. The old leads will be removed, the holes plugged and glued with wood cut from old piano keys.

Another problem with the key leads swelling is that they start rubbing the adjacent keys – which causes all sorts of problems with keys sticking, and action noises.

Written on February 23rd, 2012. 0 Comments

Bridge positioning….

Callipers set up to position the bridges on the new soundboard.

Written on February 20th, 2012. 0 Comments

New desk…

Desk centre parts cut to size and awaiting mortise and tenons.

Written on February 9th, 2012. 0 Comments


First stage of bleaching the ivory key tops. The keys go through another round of bleaching before being fine sanded and buffed to finish.

Written on February 8th, 2012. 0 Comments

Last leg…

Last of the legs for Blüthner No.83988. Seen here with the depths marked, ready for the final shaping of the caster end of the leg.

Written on February 6th, 2012. 0 Comments

New leg…

The back leg for Blüthner No.83988. The black marks are places where the original leg is showing through the turning. These will be cleaned out and filled at the next stage, then “flutes” will be added to the long tapered part of the leg.

Written on February 5th, 2012. 0 Comments

Leg blank…

The beginnings of the new back leg for Blüthner No.83988.

Written on February 3rd, 2012. 0 Comments

Bass bridge…

Written on February 2nd, 2012. 0 Comments

Ready for the new soundboard…

Inside of Blüthner No.83988 prepared for it’s new soundboard – slips (the wood that the soundboard sits on) cleaned and scraped , and bracings (the large timbers that support the rim of the case) checked for soundness.

Written on February 1st, 2012. 0 Comments

Boxed legs…

Un-boxing to reveal what’s left of the original legs on Blüthner No.83988. In the 1920’s it was the fashion to have square legs on furniture, so many pianos with turned legs were “enhanced” in this way….

Written on January 26th, 2012. 2 Comments


Blüthner No.83988 – lyre has been disassembled  to begin repairs, and fitting new parts.

Written on January 25th, 2012. 0 Comments


The bandsaw is working very hard at the moment. In the background, newly sawn wrest plank parts for Blüthner No. 83988…

Written on January 24th, 2012. 0 Comments

New lyre column….

The first of two new lyre columns being turned from beech. To replace a pair of non-original square columns fitted to Blüthner No.83988 some time in the 1920’s.

Written on December 18th, 2011. 0 Comments

Work begins on the next Blüthner….

A 1910 Style VIII Blüthner in an ebonised (black, full grain polish) case. Seen here just about to have the frame removed.

Written on December 13th, 2011. 0 Comments

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Hammer veneering…
Christmas tree….
Blüthner Style-VII completed…
Bechstein legs

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