Monday, January 9, 2012

Cable Baby Grand Restoration - Removal of Dampers

After removing the keybed including the piano action and storing it in a safe place, I removed all of the piano dampers. In a nutshell piano dampers stop the string from vibrating and they must be removed before removing the strings.

The dampers in this piano look in fair condition, in most restorations the felts would be replaced completely. However, since there is still some life left in these, I'm going to reuse them at the end of this piano restoration and later down the road I may replace them.

Since I'm going to reuse them after I restring the piano, I'm carefully removing these and placing them in groups each numbered so I know where they go when I place them back in the piano.

Above are 3 damper bodys with the wire attached, these still have the old damper felt on them.

Above are all my damper bodys grouped together.

This picture shows where the damper body wires enter the damper block. The damper block holds all the damper wires in place. The damper block is where I disconnect wires so each damper body may be removed gently from the piano.


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