Rebuilding a piano part 2

Continue from part one

After soundboard Has been replaced, the bridge is taken off the existing soundboard and a paper tracing is made of the location of the bridge pins.(this is where the strings go thru and transmit the sound to the soundboard)the pins are then pulled off and the height measured. Next step is to cut a portion of the top of the bridge off to get rid of any cracks and or splits on it. New maple cap is made and glued on and shaped to the original shape. WhereThe string and bridge Meet a proper "bearing" is   Important for the sound to transmit from the string. The string has to press down and exit leading down from the bridge, too much and the sound will die too soon not enough and the Sound won't transmit to the bridge and soundboard.

 

Before: orinal soundboard

Before: orinal soundboard

soundboard held down during gluing of the bridge using "go bar" 

soundboard held down during gluing of the bridge using "go bar" 

Tracing  

Tracing  

After: newly installed bridge

After: newly installed bridge

These holes were also traced from the original..... And drilled one by one! (◎_◎;) 

Bridge pins will be installed in these holes. There are enormous amount of tedious work.

Now ready to put plate on. 

 

Old harp

Old harp

Re bronzed harp

Re bronzed harp

Posted on January 9, 2016 .

Rebuilding Part 1 Soundboard

I visited workshop of Beethoven Pianos where I'm managing at moment. I realize how complicated and time consuming works to rebuilding soundboard... Also breast takingly beautiful.  

the first, taking a old soundboard, carefully and gently from the rim.  

You trace the shape and location of the bridge where the strings will be laid on. 

Old soundboard

Old soundboard

Then place ribs to support soundboard. 

 

Installing ribs

Installing ribs

Then install soundboard and pin-block

 

 

Newly installed soundboard and pinblock

Newly installed soundboard and pinblock

Newly installed Pin-block, these holes have 5-7 degree angle.  

Newly installed Pin-block, these holes have 5-7 degree angle.

 

Tuning pins hold strings, when they are not able to stay (slipping and does not hold in tune) need bigger pins. (Size 0-5 are available) after few change you are not able to change.

 

Demonstration of making hole to pin block

Demonstration of making hole to pin block

Soundboard installation  

Soundboard installation

 

So many process and precise work!

At Beethoven Piano's work shop

Posted on January 9, 2016 .

Piano Lessons

How to get to Carnegie Hall?

Practice, practice, practice.....  

Unfortunatery no short cut to be a better piano player. Especially the small children. It needs parents' help to make practice is a routeen or habit for him/her. Hopefully it should be joyful and happy time for them. 

Most pianists started the teacher who is not a discipline oriented and tough. They are kind, gentle and warm person. They simply like to play the piano or want to please a teacher.

 He or she wants to please his/her mother or father Too. For 10 to 20 minutes a day, stop what you are doing and be next to your son or daughter. Give them full attention and listen their progress and encourage how they are doing well! The Investment of your time will make priceless connection with your child/children. 

Music is beautiful so as your child/children. 

Piano teacher is teaching the technic and engagement to the music. 

You are sharing life and Joyment with your child/children. 

 

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Posted on October 28, 2015 .

Life in Dumbo

Roughly 100 days has gone by since the explosion at 116 and Park and our new new location at Dumbo has been open since May 17. 

I don't know why they called it Dumbo? Greato would be better. It is kind of hard to define this place in a sentence.

Sometimes it seems positively deserted and like a small town and other times it is wild and woolly with a fascinating mix of characters that flow and ebb past our piano shop.

Recently we have been leaving a small spinet piano outside of the shop for passers by to play on.  It is fun to see people playing on it.

Yesterday I spied a rather curious fellow crossing the street with great difficulty as he seemed to be under the influence of some spirits( OK he was really drunk) and judging by his clothing the poor man was probably homeless as well. He made a beeline to the piano across Plymouth st and made his way to the piano( scaring the hell out of a mother and two kids that were playing chopsticks)

"Oh Boy I thought" He is going to be trouble. As I watched him lay his hands on that old Baldwin an extraordinary thing happened. Chopin nocturne flowed out of that old spinet . He did not seem drunk any more, just the opposite. He did not look at the keys just looked into some far away place through our shop window, he didn't seem to notice me standing only few feet from him inside. The Chopin ended and just with the same ease he began to play another piece I was unfamiliar with it sounded like Baroque music. His playing was truly magical and as the piece ended he seemed to notice me standing there. He seemed embarrassed and started muttering about the dust in the air as he wiped his face. He seemed to sense that I was curious and before I could say a word he brusquely cut in" how much is the Piano" in what seemed an eastern European accent, Russian maybe?I thought. I explained that the piano is there for the enjoyment of the walkers by and urged him to play some more even invited him to play on the grand pianos inside. He seemed nervous and anxious to leave and when he saw couple of people approaching the piano as if on cue he strolled of towards the Brooklyn bridge.

As a hardened New Yorker I am not impressed by much, I have pretty much seen it all from the con artist to the bs artist and beyond. This man left me awestruck and grateful to have shared that moment in time with him however brief. I wonder who he was and what terrible calamity or  circumstances brought him to live life on such a basic human level. Yet he seemed to have quiet dignity about him despite his appearance. Only in Dumbo.

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Posted on July 1, 2014 .