Zorba's "Secret" Piano Page
4 April 2007, Part 2
Each treble/tenor damper lever was numbered, and so was a corresponding new damper felt.
Spurlock's damper "Miter Box"
New felt placed into slot in Miter Box, with damper head placed to get correct size...
Cut! Then the new felts were set aside...
View of all damper levers reinstalled. As the bass monochords
& bichords are all the same size, no need to number them.
Action back in the piano. Note no felts on damper heads and shiny new brass plated nut!
Application of hide glue to new damper felt.
Slide it into position!
Press on damper head to compress glue for good joint.
Sometimes its necessary to do fine adjustments with a little
screwdriver particularly with the tenor/treble trichord felts.
Numbered trichord felts laid out in order on the (closed) fallboard.
A bit dusty from the new felt!
All bass monochord and bichord felts installed...
And all the tenor/treble trichords are done!
This part of the job was WAY faster than the disassembly, inspect, remove old felts, number heads, and reinstallation of the levers. Good ol' hide glue and a bit of care to make sure the new felts are lined up correctly is all it takes. Wait 24 hours before trying to play!
Do be sure to number everything in the tenor/treble as the felts there are NOT all the same length - they taper down gradually the higher in the treble you go.
One more job remains though, see next page!