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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


The grey pieces of wadding protect the case from the metal brackets which I made out of
The metal brackets will come in handy. I do all this alone -- lowering the frame AND aligning it in the case.
... see what I mean?
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).
In focus.
Checking that the everything is in alignment ...
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.
Paper templates for the veneer which will cover the pinblock, hiding the glue-joint.
These blocks are clamping the veneer pieces down.
Veneer in place.
The veneer has to be exactly the right size, otherwise the iron-frame (or plate} won't sit
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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