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Bowed keyboard- Streichklavier #7: at the fall music festival in Ironton MO

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Blog entry by JonJ posted 10-19-2009 07:38 PM 4167 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: back at it- ready for the keyboard Part 7 of Bowed keyboard- Streichklavier series Part 8: A short recording of bowed keyboard »

I didn’t get completely done, but took it to the festival anyway. Friday night I had it working pretty good about midnight, but as I was getting ready to put it away for the night- I heard a popping noise every time the belt made a full circle. I knew what that meant… time for a new belt. I cut the old one off and spliced a new one on. I use gorilla glue and clamp the splice between waxed paper. this time I used maple blocks and two clamps so I could really crank down on it. Sat morning it looked good, but I didn’t really have time to get it broke in properly (rosin worked into fibers) I took it town and set it up- It was starting to work, but the 45 degree temps really started working on the rosin. It lost it’s “grab” and began slipping on the drive pulley when you engaged a key.
streichklavier at fall festival 2009

I kept it at the festival for about 3 hours, then gave up and took it to the house. After I catch up on a few things- going to try and tweak it some more- I’m going to move the keyboard, and add a second keyboard and hardware to pluck the strings in addition to bowing them. I hate that this is taking so long, but this has really been time consuming, and I can only work on it for so long as it pushes the limits with family and work. Just aren’t enough hours in the day. Hopefully before long I can post it as a FINISHED project with sound samples.

-- Jon



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Karson

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#1 posted 10-19-2009 07:59 PM

Sorry It didn’t work out. Quick repairs and cold temps did it in.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 10-20-2009 06:53 AM

Thats a shame

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#3 posted 10-21-2009 04:23 PM

instruments and change of weather conditions—just don’t mix
that’s too bad
I’m glad that you are persistent!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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