After nearly 2 years of planning and other projects…I am FINALLY starting another bowed keyboard; a streichklavier. It is basically a bowed harpsichord, similar in concept to the wheelharp project I posted earlier. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/3563
I realize I never finished my blog on that (if anyone was following it) but I kind of went about it backwards by posting the finished project, then trying to blog it’s construction. How this instrument turns out will be as much a surprise to me as it will you all!
While the wheelharp is a type of geigenwerk, which uses a rosined wheel as a bow, the striechklavier uses a rosined belt as a bow. It differs somewhat from most attempts (I think) due to bridge placement being opposite harpsichord or pianos, and a few other little differences I am going to try. These are a very experimental instrument, with very few working or existing models. Akio Obuchi, a harpsichord builder from Japan, is very dedicated to bowed keyboard research and construction. He has been very helpful with my experiments with these type instruments.
(Google Akio Obuchi if you want to see his work)
I will elaborate more on this instrument as time allows, but I am racing the clock to get it done. I want to have it working at least somewhat to display at a festival our town puts on every May.
This was my first attempt at real dovetails (I did a practice corner last summer) and I’m sure there are lots of people who could do nicer ones with a chainsaw…but I think they’ll look ok when trimmed up, and the main thing is, I want the corners STRONG. I can’t believe how strong dovetails are, even without glue.
More to come…