Posts Tagged ‘keys’

Keyboard work…

A new job for me on the Style-X – the keys have been pretty badly abused over the years (including a cigarette burn to two of the keys…), and the sides need replacing. You can see here, I’ve sawn about 1.5mm off the side of this key. It will then be built up with wood which I recycled from the old soundboard.

Written on November 4th, 2012. 0 Comments

New parts…

Testing new action parts for the Style-X. I’m using little bulldog clips to simulate the weight of the hammer, and playing around with the geometry of the action to find a setup that induces the least friction, and the most  movement from the hammer – whilst at the same time giving enough control and repetition without the feel of the action being too heavy…. All good fun!

Written on September 24th, 2012. 4 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

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

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

Bleaching…

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

Blüthner keyboard….

 

 

Written on November 3rd, 2011. 0 Comments

Blüthner Patent action…

Written on November 1st, 2011. 0 Comments

Blüthner keys….

Having re-bushed the keys, here I’m “easing” the bushes to ensure the keys move correctly, and without resistance.

 

Written on October 28th, 2011. 0 Comments

Key leads…

Key leads – used to change the touch weight of the action.

 

Written on October 9th, 2011. 0 Comments

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Bechstein rebuild started…
Final fitting of new legs…
Lyre parts…
New Blüthner legs…

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