Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Kigali Keys In Action

It's been a busy week this week. 

We received a donation that has allowed us to purchase a scroll saw and sander which will make it a lot easier to finish the keys and give them a better finish. We're extremely grateful to the Schofields for their support, and you can find a full list of our donors on our Hall of Fame page.

The above is a set of custom-made tuning bits which Alex donated. We're getting closer and closer to stringing. 

Marion's also been out and about helping to fix some problems with pianos across the city. We were back at the Korean Church in Kinyinya, checking out a sticking key. We received some very yummy Korean chocolate mud pies as a thank you. Nomnomnom.

We're also starting work later this year on the Japanese piano from Nagasaki. Starting with a full clean-up, then moving on to rebushing some of the flange pins and perhaps replacing a hammer. We need some equipment for this, though. It takes a while for parts to arrive, so we'll do the clean-up in May, then probably set to work on the rest in August.

In the meantime, Désiré has given Marion a tutorial on removing the hammers from the Lirika action. We're taking them all off so that we can take the action frame to Chillington to see if they can replicate it. We'll also be taking the action parts around town to find a laser cutter that is capable of manufacturing everything we need. We've got a supply of hammer springs and bridle straps, but the rest needs making.

Once the bridges are in place, the idea is for Marion to start stringing whilst Désiré completes the keys and Chillington figures out the action frame. Should help speed things up a bit.

Watch this space...

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