||[Nov. 16th, 2006|12:16 am]
i actually took all these pictures about a year or two ago, and i'm not really feeling much like trying to sift through and organize and figure out how best to post them to a community. so i invite you to a link to my photo gallery of the work i did on my kawai 600, an older 6'1" grand. my boss picked it up as a consignment from a lady who pretty much let it sit neglected in her dining room for 30 years. i think he agreed to give her like $2700 for it once it sold, so he sold it to me for $3500. hey, i don't expect him to not make any profit. and besides, it was a STEAL. yes, the underfelt was motheaten, and it was about a whole step flat. but it is otherwise just fine, and now sits in my music dungeon. the photos mostly depict the replacement of the felt, the polishing of the ivory keytops, and the filing of the hammers, which was almost unnecessary, but i just wanted them to be pretty. i actually am still not happy with my rebushing job; it was something i did without really knowing the right way to do it. as a result, when the weather changes or i don't play for a while, i still get some sluggish keys. i also need to do another regulation pass on it, and i need to voice the hammers some more. they were from the asian-hammers=concrete era, so they are actually surprisingly NOT glass-breaking. but i'd like em a little more mellow. also, also, eventually i need to set up a jig to drill little tiny holes in the set of carbon composite Black Jacks i got from Kawai. they fit the geometry of my piano, but i discovered only after i got them that they are still made for a Renner action, so they lack the little hole with the thread loop in it to attach to the repitition spring. they will otherwise work, i just need to, well, do it. i absolutely *love* the scale of that piano, and now pretty much all of kawai's 6'1 pianos. they have a really sweet tone and are truly the perfect piano for homes - any smaller and it's lacking, and bigger and it's overkill.
i also have some pictures up on my flickr site but they have no descriptions. they're more pictures of my grand action work (mostly keybed and punchings), plus an upright repinning job i did late this summer. i'm in the middle of an old upright action that needed repair work to the brass flange rail - something i've never done before, so i'm not really making any substantial profit off of it, given the extra time i had to take to do it. after that, i have a spinet with not only cheap plastic elbows that needed replacing, but when i went to install the nice elbows that let you do the repair in the piano, i started breaking whippen flanges. repairing those requires taking the action out of the piano, which really really REALLY REALLY sucks with spinets. once i got the damned thing out, i discovered that the whippen flanges are made of the same craptastic plastic!!! ARGH. again, repairs i have never done, so i'm making little money on it after considering the time i'm taking to fix it. but, these are times you have to chalk up to learning experiences, so you just kind of swallow it and deal. i'm still debating whether to actually hunt down new flanges and repin the whole thing, or just order a new set of whippens. either way, i'm not 100 percent sure i'll get the right sized parts. i have to call Schaff tomorrow morning and actually talk to someone about it. i'm hoping i get a more helpful response than the last time i had to call them. dude practically tried to discourage me from buying a full set of yamaha hammer butt flanges, because they were for a samick and he didn't think they'd have anything that would fit, even though the dimensions i gave him matched. it's like, "dude? do you want my money or what?"
ps, the photo in my user icon is a multi-shot of my afzelia burl titanium tuning lever purchased from Chales Faulk. this thing has really saved my wrist, between the lightness of it, and the shape which forces me to grip the end of the lever, therefore taking a lot of unneeded strain away from my previously poor lever grip.