Bowed keyboard- Streichklavier #5: Adding strings

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Blog entry by JonJ posted 05-04-2009 07:32 PM 5623 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: soundboard done Part 5 of Bowed keyboard- Streichklavier series Part 6: back at it- ready for the keyboard »

Been a while since I posted progress, but I have been busy. Both on this, and installing an alarm system so I hopefully can keep my tools till the project is done (long story)

An overview as to what this is: A harpsichord shaped instrument that will use a treadle driven belt to bow the strings when a key is pushed. It will use a different bridges and stringing arrangment than harpsichord- this is more like a big hammer dulcimer in design.

I applied dye and laquer- still needs work, but it’s getting there. I liked the natural look, but there was a lot of green to cover in the poplar.

strings on 5-3-09

got the flywheel amost done…still have to attach the treadle plate and pitman arm, connnecting rod, or whatever you call the thing that goes from the pedal to the crankshaft.

flywheel and treadle

strumming the strings…

plucking the strings

If the bow mechanism doesn't work well, I may convert it to a type of lautenwerk (sp?) which is a cross between a lute and a harpsichord.

I have 2 weeks to get done...don't know if it's going to happen or not.

-- Jon

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#1 posted 05-04-2009 08:09 PM

This is one amazing project looks great

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#2 posted 05-04-2009 09:04 PM

Great sound. I hope it get finished on time.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 05-04-2009 10:01 PM

looks like a lot of hard work very impressive well done sounds awsome too! Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 05-05-2009 04:40 AM


-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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