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Prepping for Damper Replacement.

4 April 2007, Part 1

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Action removed - see the nice shiny capstan screws?

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
The action retaining nuts were ugly, having lost their plating...

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
So I had them replated!

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Note the sideways skew of these deeply grooved, dirty, and ugly 89 year old dampers.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Each damper lever was removed in turn...

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
The weakened damper springs...

Hobart M. Cable Piano
Were re-arched.

Hobart M. Cable Piano
Everything off, including the sustain rod, for inspection.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Dampers lined up in order.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Sustain rod re-installed with the exposed portion painted.

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Old damper felts were cut off each damper lever...

1918 Hobart M. Cable Piano
Then the levers were re-installed. This particular one shows that its spring
gave way sometime in the last 89 years and a repair spring was installed.

A lot of work has been going on with the instrument over the last 2 months. All damper levers were removed so the felts on their backsides (contacting the sustain rod and damper spoons) could be inspected. I had originally planned on replacing said felts, but they looked pretty good to my uneducated eye - a bit dirty and very slightly compacted - but good. A question for the Piano Smith when he comes in July to tune.

I removed the sustain rod "while I was in there" to inspect it and its felts and the bushings it rides in. All looked fine. I sprayed some gold paint at the exposed end of the sustain rod to make it look better. The spring rail felt is virtually perfect. It is a VERY uninspiring, un-photogenic grey color, but is actually very clean and looks practically new. I only had to clean off a bit of yellow felt dust from when the hammers were re-shaped.

Also in the cosmetics department, the action retaining nuts were replated (at an outrageous cost). I tried like crazy to purchase solid brass ones, but failed. None would work off the shelf, and re-tapping them was problematic for several reasons, not the least of which was the fact that the thread used is apparently a #14 thread - very obsolete.

Exactly one damper lever had had its spring break in the 89 year history of this instrument, and a repair spring had been installed. All springs were re-tensioned by expedient of re-arching (bending) by hand - a tip passed on to me by the Piano Smith.

After a bit of cleaning and scraping the old felts off, the levers were re-installed. The next section shows the individual attention each tenor/treble damper had to receive as the levers were remounted.

My home built action jig sure worked nicely! On to damper felt installation!



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