7ft 6 straight strung grand, bought from a church hall for 300 smackeroos. It fitted nicely into a corner of the living room, without being obtrusive; it was just the right shape and fitted in next to the radiator. And had that antique historical smell; no cat had peed on it as far as I could discern.
But the upper strings were shot at. Since my wife worked at the local music shop, I obtained all the materiel necessary to restring and retune this historic instrument. Being an engineer (Submarines and naval guns) I considered my credentials were impeccable. And being only 30 or so at the time, I think you`ll all understand, even if you do shake your collective heads.
The keyboard came out easily enough; two large woodscrews held it in position. But something stuck. So I pulled a bit, with all the gentleness and care that Shipyard workers are known the world over for. And something snapped. It was a sticky up thingy attached to the key which was about 18 inches long. And was not made of steel, but wood.
To make a short story long, the action was called "Direct Action" which was soon superseded by presumably the "Indirect Action " used today. And Araldite fixed the broken hammer.
So I strung the strings as they do on more modern pianos. One string does two so to speak. And I used 12 tuning forks and the rubber thingys which isolated the strings from vibrating when you didn`t want `em to.
Suffice to say, it was sorta playable and had a beautiful tone though the top notes were lacking in volume and string length. A Bottom of the Range Broadwood, maybe. But you could play Chopin on it (slowly) and Moonlight Sonata. Which sent my young lad off to sleep quite nicely. Job done, I thought, even if the soundboard did wake me up at night. Sounded like a gunshot. I never did find the crack, but toyed wi the idea of using a plywood replacement. Suitably stained and varnished of course.
It had to go when we moved house. We got what we paid for it. I`ll put some pictures on here if I can find `em . . .Happy Days
Edited by peterws (02/18/13 07:20 PM)
"I'm playing all the right notes � but not necessarily in the right order." Eric Morecambe