February 9, 2015
Mice adore keyboard instruments as much as people do. But for mice, the attraction of organs and pianos is that they offer a splendid place to set up housekeeping. Here they find cozy … Continue Reading »
January 9, 2015
by John Watson
Two centuries of dust accumulation and the detritus of a few generations of mice had left the wind-chest congested with debris.
The bar frame, which forms air channels running under the rows of pipes, is composed of wooden components permanently glued together. Each channel has only one opening for its pallet (a valve that is … Continue Reading »
December 10, 2014
We’re back after some re-organization of the blog.
The series of posts by guest writer Jenna Simpson have been moved to the “History” page at the link above. Jenna details the … Continue Reading »
August 7, 2014
The badly twisted, torn and mangled pipes are among the more daunting problems to be solved in the treatment of the “Tucker” organized upright grand piano. A conventional approach to restoration would probably involve replacing them with new ones. Some restorers have even melted … Continue Reading »
July 15, 2014
The first step: Inventory the pipes and determine what is missing. For this, we turned to veteran organ-pipe maker Louis Dolive.
Lou unfolded the pipes enough to line them up and take stock. Sixty-five metal pipes were missing entirely. At first, it appeared touch-and-go whether we would be … Continue Reading »
June 22, 2014
By John Watson
Restorative conservation of the Tucker instrument will begin with one of our more daunting challenges: to straighten the severely damaged metal pipes. While the wood pipes survived in relatively good condition, the metal ones were hardly recognizable as organ pipes. All were crushed and folded so even the longest pipe could fit in a … Continue Reading »