Posts Tagged ‘style-X’

Final fitting of new legs…

Seen here, the Bass leg on the Blüthner Style-X – I had just started fine-tuning the new leg boss to mate properly with the new leg. Quite a long process of test fitting, then removing fine shavings until everything is snug.

Please look here for a picture of the legs and lyre fitted – I was double checking to make sure there would be enough clearance under the lyre.

Written on March 12th, 2018. 0 Comments

Lyre parts…

Lyre box for the Blüthner Style-X – mahogany to match the legs. I was able to salvage the centre section the holds the pedals, but had to move the holes (which havn’t been drilled yet in this picture) for the rods as they had been badly positioned, causing the rods to bind in the guide bushes.

Written on March 8th, 2018. 0 Comments

In the workshop…

After a very enjoyable Christmas break, I’m once again in the workshop!

I realised today I’ve not updated my website for many months – I’ve been putting a lot of hours into piano work, and just haven’t had time to add pictures to the site. One of my new year resolutions is to keep the website ticking over a bit better…

Happy new year everyone!

Written on January 8th, 2014. 0 Comments

Style-X finished…

The Style-X Blüthner now resides in the showroom at Handel Pianos in Sunningdale. The piano looks and sounds even better I’d hoped it would – please get in touch with the chaps at the showroom, and go along to play it for yourself!

Written on February 14th, 2013. 2 Comments

Style-X dampers…

Seen here, the dampers in the third section of the piano, complete with a little damper on the side of the head for the Aliquot string. At this stage they’ve not had their fine regulation – that will happen this evening!

The piano is starting to sound very nice now, and will be finished and ready for shipping to the showroom at Handel Pianos by the end of the week.

Written on January 23rd, 2013. 0 Comments

Style-X socket rails…

Style-X is now ready for dampers to be fitted. First regulation complete, and the piano is up to pitch.

Seen here just after positioning the socket rails (which guide the dampers) – you can see them just under the strings in the bottom right corner of the picture. In a few hours they’ll be hidden from view by the newly rebuilt dampers…

Written on January 17th, 2013. 0 Comments

Regulation…

The Blüthner Style-X is approaching the end of its first regulation. The next job will be to weigh the action to ensure an even touch weight.

After weighing, I will tune the piano once more before fitting the dampers. The next job will be to sit and play the piano for a few hours to get the action settled, and start work on toning the hammers.

As you can see in the picture, the key spacing isn’t correct at this stage – this is one of the things that will be addressed during the second (fine) regulation. The letters on the front of the key frame refer to different thicknesses of washer (which are used to adjust the height of the keys) on the balance rail – Blue, Green, Paper, and Telephone…!

Written on January 10th, 2013. 0 Comments

Blüthner Style-X hills…

Fitting “hills” to the underside of the new WNG levers (which are also known as a “whippen” or “repeat”) in the Style-X. The action is almost ready for assembly and regulation…

Written on January 7th, 2013. 0 Comments

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

Stringing…

Today, I finished stringing the Style-X. Here you can see the second section of the piano – the brass plate held in place by many screws, wrest pins (which are used for tuning the piano), and nice neat coils of steel string. In the background the blue felt is to stop the small sections of string between the wrest pins and the studs from vibrating.

Written on December 20th, 2012. 0 Comments

Carving notches…

The first job I did with my early Christmas present was to carve the notches on the Style-X bass bridge. Having done this, the bridge pins were fitted, the tops filed flat, then the notches were varnished, and the tops of the pins lacquered.

Written on December 17th, 2012. 1 Comment

Hidden treasure…

Todays work was preparing the inside of the Style-X case for the frame to be fitted. One of the jobs was to scrape and sand the inside of the pianos rim. It was originally polished black – scraping the polish away revealed some rather nice wood underneath…

I continued scraping away the old polish, then sanded the wood to a fine finish before polishing it with clear shellac. The rim came out a little darker than I’d hoped, but the piano will now have a nice piece of polished walnut to compliment the gold frame. That was a nice surprise!

Written on December 14th, 2012. 0 Comments

Studs…

The Style-X studs (also known as “Agraffes”) have had their first clean in preparation for buffing and lacquering. The stud at the front has been buffed to make sure the cleaning was adequate to achieve a good finish.

Written on December 13th, 2012. 0 Comments

Lettering…

First job today was to paint the black lettering (using enamel) on the Style-X frame. Quite a fiddly job, but satisfying! The frame is now ready to return to the case. (I just need to finish the case now…!)

Written on December 12th, 2012. 0 Comments

Busy workshop…

Getting rather crowded in here! Lots of different jobs going on at the same time. My “to-do” board (on the door. Thanks to SLS for that idea!) is so full there’s no more room to write… Thankfully, I’ll be able to tick a couple of jobs off by the end of the day.

Shelves above the bench currently holding most of the Style-X action – white keys ready to be covered, action awaiting new levers, and the full set of dampers.

Written on December 11th, 2012. 0 Comments

Bass bridge…

Bass bridge on the Style-X has now been drilled. Next job will be to apply coats of black lead (to help the strings slide over the top of the bridge when the piano is tuned), carve the notches, and fit new bridge pins.

Written on December 10th, 2012. 0 Comments

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

Style-X soundboard finished…

Lettering and final coats of varnish applied. Next job will be the fine fitting of the frame, followed by cleaning up the treble bridge, and carving the top of the new bass bridge.

Written on September 14th, 2012. 0 Comments

Many clamps…

Style-X soundboard glued in!

Written on September 10th, 2012. 0 Comments

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

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