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Bechstein B, pinblock inserts

The bass section takes more strain than the others, in that the bass strings are tuned to
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The grey pieces of wadding protect the case from the metal brackets which I made out of
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The metal brackets will come in handy. I do all this alone -- lowering the frame AND aligning it in the case.
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... see what I mean?
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If you click on the photo it will you'll get a larger view.  You'll see a glue line visible between the insert and the front part of the pin-block ... something needs to be done about that. (By the way, you'll need to use the back-button of you browser to get back to the sequence of pictures).
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In focus.
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Checking that the everything is in alignment ...
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Just a record of which screw holes have got some glue in. They'll need to be rethreaded. Large screws going into hardwood on a piano need to be threaded almost as if they are going into metal.
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Paper templates for the veneer which will cover the pinblock, hiding the glue-joint.
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These blocks are clamping the veneer pieces down.
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Veneer in place.
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The veneer has to be exactly the right size, otherwise the iron-frame (or plate} won't sit
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Record of Pin-block replacement on Bechstein B s/n 124436. The original plan was to replace the whole pin-block, following the advice of David Jenkin. However David didn't seem to be 100% certain that the process conserved the tone of the piano. He said the piano he replaced the pin-block on was an old one which he did up for a friend to have in his weekender. I decided not to risk the tone of this gem, so I have provided new pin-block material inserted into the old plank.
 

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