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ASB Piano Service

Adam Schulte-Bukowinski, Registered Piano Technician

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. -Victor Hugo

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1906 Steinway B Project https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/ 1906 Steinway B Project 1906 Steinway B Action The complete action and keys to a 1906 Steinway B. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509108 194509108 Action detail Closeup of the action, showing its age. This action was made before Steinway had a jack button and adjustment screw. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509109 194509109 Worn knuckles The knuckles on the original shanks are all quite worn and flattened. The new shanks and knuckles will help the action feel smoother. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509107 194509107 Hammer Condition 1 An overview showing the wear on the original hammers https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509104 194509104 Hammer Condition 2 The crowns are all quite grooved and flattened. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509105 194509105 Hammer Condition 3 Another view of the wear on the hammers https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509106 194509106 Hammer grooves Chewed up hammers https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509110 194509110 Chewed up More chewed up hammers https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509113 194509113 Barely anything left View of C8, showing how little felt is left at the strike point. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509111 194509111 Barely anything left 2 Another view of C8 https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509112 194509112 Time to start the rebushing process Removing the keys from the keybed gives a good view of the dust and dirt built up over the years. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509114 194509114 Keys in clamps All the keys, removed and clamped in place, ready to start the rebushing process https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509115 194509115 Keys in clamps 2 First step, removing the old felt (in red) from the keys. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509116 194509116 Post felt-removal closeup A closeup of the keys after removing the old felt. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194509117 194509117 Sizing Cauls 1 Sizing cauls in place in the front rail mortises. As the wood dries, it will conform to the cauls, leaving a more uniform and consistent surface for the new felt. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194527157 194527157 Sizing cauls 2 Sizing cauls in place in the balance rail mortises. After the wood is dry, the new felt can be installed. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194527158 194527158 Front rail 1st pass Front rail with the felt installed on one side & intermediate cauls in place. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194645393 194645393 Balance rail 1st pass Balance rail with felt installed on one side & intermediate cauls in place https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194645394 194645394 Front rail final pass Front rail with felt on both sides & final cauls in place https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194645395 194645395 Balance rail final pass Balance rail with felt on both sides & final cauls in place https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194645396 194645396 Front rail complete Front rail complete! (Key bottoms lightly sanded to remove leftover glue residue & discoloring due to dirty felt punchings) https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194645397 194645397 Balance rail complete! (key buttons lightly sanded to remove leftover glue residue) https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=194645398 194645398 The client's piano At the client's home, ready to install the new hammers into her lovely 1906 Steinway B. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195460214 195460214 Action out Action out, ready to take off the old hammers. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195460215 195460215 Action part 2 One last look at the hammers before they start coming off https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195460216 195460216 Old and new A good look at how much felt the old hammers were missing. If you think that there'll be lots of regulation to do once the new set is in, you'd be correct! https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195460217 195460217 New hammers are all in Looking a lot better. https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195460218 195460218 New hammers 2 https://www.asbpianoservice.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195460219 195460219
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