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#2226690 - 02/06/14 12:12 AM What Knuckle Squeaks Where?
Ed McMorrow, RPT Offline
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I was thinking about what is actually vibrating when we hear the little "squeak" that knuckles sometimes make.

Is it the wood of the repetition lever? Or is it the buckskin/ecsaine?
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#2226696 - 02/06/14 12:28 AM Re: What Knuckle Squeaks Where? [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT]
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Interesting question Ed! I never thought of it before. I think it must be the wood, as I can imagine it heaving a resonate frequency of some kind, unlike the knuckle which seems naturally damped.

But I think it would be the jack itself as opposed to the rep lever, since the squeak happens at when the jack starts to rotate.
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#2226780 - 02/06/14 04:52 AM Re: What Knuckle Squeaks Where? [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT]
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I'm thinking the leather of the roller is causing the jack to vibrate, in the same way as a violin bow on strings.
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#2226800 - 02/06/14 06:33 AM Re: What Knuckle Squeaks Where? [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT]
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Passing thought, leather can squeak when polishing a car.

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Edited by Withindale (02/06/14 05:10 PM)
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#2227888 - 02/08/14 12:32 PM Re: What Knuckle Squeaks Where? [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT]
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In any case wouldn't it suggest there is friction to be dealt with?
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#2227912 - 02/08/14 02:27 PM Re: What Knuckle Squeaks Where? [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT]
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I don't see how the jack would be capable of being driven at the range of frequencies and amplitudes that comprise the squeak.

In the case of waxing a car the cloth is the bow and the surface of the car is both the string and soundboard.

I wonder if the vibrating component is the sides of the rep lever where the jack window is.
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#2227918 - 02/08/14 02:39 PM Re: What Knuckle Squeaks Where? [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT]
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I would consider the squeak to be a direct result of the frequency of the air being disturbed as both surfaces interact due to friction rather than either the leather or jack specifically.
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#2227940 - 02/08/14 03:54 PM Re: What Knuckle Squeaks Where? [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT]
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The nap of the buckskin pointing away from jack escapement, favoring return may contribute??
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#2228059 - 02/08/14 07:31 PM Re: What Knuckle Squeaks Where? [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT]
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Fingers can squeak when rubbed against CD cases and through wet hair. Sounds like Johnkie and SM Haley are on the right track!
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#2228136 - 02/08/14 09:43 PM Re: What Knuckle Squeaks Where? [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT]
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It seems like one, either the cloth or the wood surface, is the driver and the other is the soundboard. I suppose both could be vibrating but that would be most likely to produce two distinct ranges of pitch in the squeak.

Come to think of it the squeak often does have a lower "roarrrk" at the start of key motion and a continuous "screek" sound during key motion. But maybe I am hearing things.
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#2228156 - 02/08/14 10:14 PM Re: What Knuckle Squeaks Where? [Re: Ed McMorrow, RPT]
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It would be easy enough to adjust the jack high in the rep window so that the rep lever is not in contact with the knuckle through let-off. If the squeak persists it would prove that the rep lever is not responsible. You could also do the opposite by adjusting the rep lever much higher than the jack and see how the squeak is effected.
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