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Many clamps…

Style-X soundboard glued in!

Written on September 10th, 2012. 0 Comments

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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

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…

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

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