Zorba's "Secret" Piano Page
8 April 2007
Another look at the old dampers from the other day. Note sideways skewing
of damper felts, particularly the third to the right from the treble break.
This photo also shows the bad state of regulation the dampers are in.
Now the view is reversed with the damper in question the third to the LEFT
of the treble break. Note the new felt in perfect alignment with
its trichord. Virtually all the dampers had to be adjusted.
View of all the nice clean new dampers with action in the jig. Compare to the next photo...
Picture as it was. Ugly and dirty!
I needed to get the treble dampers properly aligned with their repsective trichords pretty quickly as I didn't want to fight grooves in the dampers later. The damper shown above was just a sample of one of the worse ones - all but 3 or 4 treble dampers were like that one. I'm going to have to ask the Piano Smith how in tarnation they could have gotten that way in the first place - from the factory? All of the old ones were skewed as you can see in the top photo, so they would correctly contact their trichords. When the new ones went on, they weren't skewed of course, so the alignment was all off! I just used my "Smiling Pliers" to adjust them, took about three times out of the piano and in my action jig and back again to get 'em tweaked in.
Now I get to regulate the dampers; this should be a joy - NOT!