Posts Tagged ‘hammers’

New hammers…

Strike hammers (guide hammers for positioning the remaining 82) for the Blüthner Style-X. They were custom made for the piano by Abel in Germany. The felt is Abels “Natural” quality, which uses less processing than normal hammer felt, resulting in a hammer that is easier to work with for toning, and hopefully longer lasting and more resilient.

Written on January 2nd, 2013. 0 Comments

Brinsmead action…

Assembling the Brinsmead action. Seen here, the first of the hammers being screwed into place. Note the second flange under the hammer flange – this is the assembly used for the hammer “setoff” (the distance from the string that the hammer ceases to be powered by the piano key). Adjustment is by simply turning it by hand – no tools needed.

Written on September 23rd, 2012. 0 Comments

New Brinsmead hammers…

Fitting new hammers to the Brinsmead action. Very unusually, this piano has mahogany shanks – most piano makers use hornbeam for this part.

I’m assuming Brinsmead decided to use mahogany as it’s a little lighter than hornbeam, and would result in an action that responds slightly better to being played quietly – however, it certainly isn’t as robust. (I also noted there is a lot of mahogany in the rest of the piano too, so it could simply be that Brinsmead was making use of the materials he had to hand!)

Written on September 22nd, 2012. 0 Comments

Brinsmead hammers…

I don’t often see moth damage this bad on hammers – usually the felt lower down in the action bears the brunt of any moth infestation. New hammers have been made (by Abel in Germany) to replace the originals.

Here, I’m in the process of removing the old hammers, and cleaning the shanks ready for fitting the new set of hammers .

Written on September 15th, 2012. 1 Comment

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

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

Casting lamp…

One of many tools used in regulating the action.

Written on October 27th, 2011. 0 Comments

Blüthner hammers…

Written on October 5th, 2011. 0 Comments

Planing hammer tails…

Written on September 29th, 2011. 0 Comments

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