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Harpsichord #3: Final entry and the surprise!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 12-08-2007 09:26 PM 1696 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, this is it. After 10 years it’s finally done.

As promised here are the keyboards out of the instrument
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Here you can see that the upper keyboard has been moved. It just sits on the lower by gravity.
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And here is the surprise. Solenoids under the key ends to turn this into a player harpsichord!

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I got a used Pianodisc player on Ebay. It was taken off of a piano that was being upgraded.

I can use the supplied controller or hook up my computer and play it with MIDI.

Here is the final posted project:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/6062

Enjoy!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX



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Russel

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#1 posted 12-08-2007 09:43 PM

Seeing the pictures leaves me speechless, but the video is the icing on the cake. Downright impressive.

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#2 posted 12-08-2007 10:15 PM

Pretty nifty. I’ve enjoyed this series.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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rpmurphy509

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#3 posted 12-08-2007 10:58 PM

Amazing example of the skill and time put into a project, very impressive!

-- Still learning everything

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mot

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#4 posted 12-08-2007 11:00 PM

Holy Moly! Well, you sure put in the time! Neat job on making it a player! That is a pretty cool surprise!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 12-09-2007 07:31 PM

I can imagine the enormous thrill you must have experienced when you first ‘plugged in’! That is really amazing. Thank you.

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 12-09-2007 08:43 PM

awesome ! truely awe inspiring. you should feel proud. very proud.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Blake

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#7 posted 12-09-2007 09:56 PM

So this is a little project you whipped out over the weekend? How many hours do you have into it? What an epic project.

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GaryK

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#8 posted 12-11-2007 10:46 PM

YorkshireStewart – You could say that I was a bit excited!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 12-13-2007 06:04 PM

Awesome Gary! The MIDI is a nice touch. There is a tuner company that builds organs that use bottles instead of pipes. They also use MIDI on some of thier instruments…here is a link.

http://www.oddmusic.com/gallery/om06300.html

Also, I mentioned I had some questions on the harpsichord…well, I’ve got a bunch, but I’ll try to spread them out insterad of piling them on you all at once. I hope to start another bowed keyboard soon, and plan on using harpsichord construction methods. I was wondering how the soundbard is attached to the sides? I know that there is a “shelf” (can’t remember proper name) that the soundboard mounts to, but is it glued solid? with as much expansion/contraction as everything goes through, I was afraid the thin soundboard would split if mounted solid.

I am anxious to start on this…just a little more trimwork on our utility room, and I think I can start on it!

-- Jon

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GaryK

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#10 posted 12-13-2007 08:09 PM

Jon – That beer bottle organ is cool, thanks for the link.

A bowed keyboard sounds cool!

The “shelf” is called the liner. you can see it in the pictures here:
http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/GaryK/blog/2642

You can see a list of names for all the parts here:
http://zhi.net/instr/tour.shtml

I understand your concern about the soundboard spliting and many older instruments do have splits. They occur in the treble end and have no effect on the sound. When I installed my soundboard I waited for a middle range of humidity. I moved from Southern California to Texas and the soundboard is still sound.

It is glued to the liners all around. You can see how I did it here:
http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/GaryK/blog/2554

It is then covered by a moulding, that also serves as a hitchrail on the bentside.
Good luck

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 03-19-2008 01:41 AM

I have been going at this backwards so this one is not a surprise since I have already seen and heard the finished product. But this has been a wonderful blog. I am sorry that it took me so long to look at it but at least I did get around to it- finally.

Nice job Gary.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dan'um Style

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#12 posted 03-19-2008 01:46 AM

thought you stopped this blog at one point and were writing a book

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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GaryK

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#13 posted 03-19-2008 01:51 AM

Dan – That was for the clavichord. A different older instrument.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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