Zorba's "Secret" Piano Page
New lid prop sticks and tools for re-bushing
26 August 2006
Replaced the lid prop sticks...
Was missing on this side.
And how it works - not that I'll have much opportunity to use them,
given the amount of "stuff" my wife insists on putting on the top!
Re-bushing cauls, felt, tools, hide glue, glue pot are ready for the key re-bushing project!
A little more obsessive-compulsive disorder. The instrument had a lid propstick on the right side, but the left side only had an empty hole to tell the tale of a propstick that had been there once upon a time. This is the way it was done before the "Grand style" lid for uprights was invented. It would be an easy enough conversion to convert the lid to an "either/or" style that would allow for a Grand style opening - but my wife keeps a bunch of "stuff" on the top, so it doesn't matter anyway!
While I was ordering re-bushing supplies, the supplier had these "upright propsticks", so I purchased a pair. The one remaining old one was held on with a brass plated #6 x 1.5" woodscrew, so I put both the new ones on with new solid brass woodscrews of the same size. A center rail felt punching between the propstick and the case performs friction and bearing duties, as with the original.
Now that the glue pot has deigned to show up, I have all the tools and supplies to tackle the key re-bushing project - its just a matter of finding the time. September is "high dance season" for both Greek and Belly Dancing, so it may be a couple of months!