P-Wire – an update

by admin on September 6, 2016

I have been happily discussing Stephen Birkett’s P-Wire on both Facebook and in posts on this website. Now that I have restrung the bass of R32 using his brass wire, I thought it might be of interest to let readers hear the results:

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A thought on calipers

by admin on August 29, 2016

There is an interesting debate going on in the harpsi list at the moment. The theme was a request and the expense of callipers for measuring soundboards and how they can be adapted to give measure over large boards. I can see this will be helpful for guys starting out with a plan of an […]

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Damper Cloth

I bought a meter of this cloth quite a while ago, probably woven for tailoring overcoats and it is working well for dampers. A little thicker than I normally use but I wanted to be able to give Aiden plenty of spare strips for future needs and am running out of my normal red guards […]

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Dampers

This is the way I angle cut my dampers, I find it easier to keep a tidy angle this way. The client gets the wooden guide but the cutters are very expensive so they need to buy their own!

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Plectra – Ghosting

This I know is a debatable subject but I like to be able to very accurately ghost all my plectra to the string adding just a fine degree of length to the plectrum as I proceed towards the bass to allow for the diameter increase in the string. I like to have the plectra under […]

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Jack Bottom Screws etc

I purposely allowed the bottom screws to come into shot on the photos in the theme I posted yesterday; I knew it would promote response. I came into the world of making harpsichords in my mid-thirties, some fifty years ago. Apprenticed to John Broadwood in the piano trade I was aware of the need to […]

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Jacks

I have just removed all the dampers from these jacks in readiness for finalising tomorrow. Of course all the jack blanks were hand planned to fit into the guides perfectly before the tongue rebate and all the other detail was engineered, but the word engineered I think is very fitting. It would be impossible to […]

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Jack Making

There are many ways of executing the little details needed for jack making and Bill Jurgenson has published an excellent paper and photos on this showing his superb techniques. However it is always good to see other ways and techniques, they get the mind thinking and you end up developing your own way which is […]

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Basic Templates

Throughout my making career I have worked on just two designs. Both used fundamental geometry from the Ruckers school and documented speaking lengths and plucking points taken from a Ruckers single manual said to have had little alteration work done. As I intended to make many instruments from my design, in order to read the […]

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Damper Styles

I had a query yesterday from a client and very close friend about slanting dampers so I take this opportunity explain about such detail. We have had under discussion recently with some excellent photographs from Dominic Eckersley on the way he is executing traditional mouse ear dampers. There was during that debate an excellent photo […]

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