It's a sunny 27c in Kigali at the moment.
We've just got back from meeting the team at Chillington. This is where we're going to attempt to forge the second string frame. These guys are more used to producing industrial equipment, and the fine detail is giving them the same headache it gave Alex (the hitch pins and tuning pin holes), but we're going to give it a go. They seem excited about the project.
Unfortunately, our main problem at the moment is that Indiegogo still haven't released the funds. Considering they take a large chunk of the money we raise, a sense of urgency would be nice in return. Apparently, it takes up to fifteen working says. Our campaign ended on 12th June. That means we should receive it by next Monday.
On the up-side, initial calculations suggest that building the prototype might not cost quite as much as originally thought. Especially if we go into production, as both the strings and the frames reduce in cost the more you order.
We're a very long way from production yet. We're still a long way from a prototype. But it's something to feel hopeful about.
Especially with the hammers stuck in the post to Nairobi, and needing to put Lirika's frame back in its case to take measurements before we can order strings...
Pianos. Bloody complicated instruments.