Zorba's "Secret" Piano Page
Misc. items - finish practice mute installation, replace nameboard felt, replace all the "rubber baby buggy bumpers" that had turned into tacks...
30 July 2005
The old purple nameboard felt, with coil of new red felt waiting...
Now the new felt is on, old stuff is gone!
I gave up on linking the old player mechanism to the practice mute - not enough
range of motion available readily, so I installed it the "standard" way. This
is the under keybed control knob on the right side. Lever in the middle is for opening the
lower panel where the pump pedals used to be; while the reddish knob to the left operates a
wooden "do-dah" that prevents the keys from depressing. Not sure why this was needed
but it works great when you want to pull the action.
Practice mute, retracted position. Note slot in the white felt to fit around the action mount.
Practice mute deployed.
This rather overexposed pic is primarily to show off the new little brass knobs on
the fallboard. The originals were long gone, so these were installed in the original holes
along with the rubber headed nails so the fallboard would sit correctly and be padded again.
I might tweak around a bit more with the mute - or not... The nameboard felt is WAY too thin, the original was at least twice as thick, probably closer to thrice. It looks better but not good enough - I'll either order some thicker felt from a different supplier who carries it, or a couple more rolls of the thin stuff and build it up.
The fallboard bumpers sure make same both look and work better. There were no less than TEN of them involved with the fallboard. A pair of larger ones were used for the lid. A cheap, easy, but very beneficial fix.