Videos and DVDs You Can Use!

 

All footage is packed with useful no-nonsense information, and include many clear close-up shots. Each tape or DVD is $55, or purchase both for $99. Money back if you are not satisfied!

 

Soundboard Installation Video or DVD (3 hours) Price $55

        Includes great footage on downbearing and plate setting

        Also highlights many features of Steinway full-fit pinblock fitting to case and stretcher

        Plate removal and prepping for pinblock removal

        Checking nosebolt heights

        Survey of job with camcorder

        A special treble bridge pattern for squaring off diagonal bridge notching

o       Such as found on some old Steinway models

        Electric hoist plate pulling

        Checking crown on old soundboard

        Removing trim pieces and drilling out plate dowels

        Locating damper guide rail holes

        Bridge location techniques using simple tools and supplies

        Making a simple full-fit pinblock pattern

        Steinway pinblock removal using electric reciprocating saw

o       And best technique for removing waste material on stretcher

        Simple wooden pinblock height gage

        Sawing out the old board with electric saber saw

o       When ramming out is impractical

        Making a soundboard pattern

o       We need to make your new board

        Cleaning up the inner rim

        Checking and correcting the inner rim (when necessary)

        Close up shots of new soundboard crown

        A look at soundboard panel tapering (diaphramizing)

        Fitting the new board and ribs to the rim

        Clamps, press blocks and cauls

o       Includes special set up for pressing board onto cut-off bars

        Gluing in the new board

        Steinway type gluing platform at belly rail

o       Easy to make from wood

        Filling gaps at rim with wood

        Techniques and press blocks for installing quarter round trim

        Installing the full-fit pinblock

o       Including pocket dowels into stretcher

        Simple setup for drilling tuning pin holes at drill press

        Setting the plate for downbearing

o       Over an existing or duplicated bridge

        Downbearing numbers and theory

        Using test strings and gage blocks

        Adjusting the plate

        Measuring for acoustic dowel heights (plate supports)

        Installing and trimming the dowels

        Proof that a glued in soundboard takes on a more or less spherical shape

        BONUS FOOTAGE

o       Re-dressing the capo bar

o       Repairing a blown out front bridge notch on an otherwise good bridge

 

Bridges and Downbearing Video or DVD (2 hours 45 min) Price $55

Our procedures for setting downbearing on a new bridge cap entails a unique system of techniques whereby all the components – the new soundboard, the planed down bridges, the simulated plate support dowels, and the plate – are dry-fit together and thereafter removed for best access and ease of work on the bridges. Test strings and small gage blocks are used to determine the new bridge cap height, but if you are a confirmed bridge “kerfer”, these techniques can still prove quite useful to you!

 

        Dry-fitting the bridges to the new board with screws and washers

        Dry-fitting the soundboard/bridge assembly to the rim

        Temporary fit of all components

o       Bridge to board

o       Board to rim

o       Plate bosses consideration

o       All "clamped" down on rim, and all easily removed after the bearing/new cap height has been determined

        Pre-stressing the new soundboard

        Determining the new cap height

o       Using test strings

o       Small steel gage blocks

o       Simple math for 1.5 degrees angle of bearing

        Gluing in the new caps, then routing, scraping sides

        Transferring bridge height dimensions

        Planing the caps to the target depth

o       Power planing

o       Hand planes

        A look at bridge patterns

o       Layout and punching for pins and notches

        Drilling bridge pin holes using a flexible shaft and motor

        Survey of bridge notching tools

        Step by step techniques of bridge notching (many close up shots)

        Bass bridge chamfering

        Cosmetic follow up

        Installing, leveling, and filing the pins

        Dry-fitting and gluing on the bridges

        A close up of a diaphragmatic area of the board

        Drilling and installing the ” rib / bridge dowels

        Installing the soundboard acoustic blocks

        The wash coat of shellac

        Close up of soundboard crown at ribs

 

Next sections are duplicates of footage found on the Soundboard Installation tape, but are included here for those who do not have that tape.

 

        Downbearing numbers and theory

        Using test strings and gage blocks

        Adjusting the plate

        Measuring for acoustic dowel heights (plate supports)

        Installing and trimming the dowels for bearing

        Proof that a glued in soundboard takes on a more or less spherical shape

        BONUS FOOTAGE

o       Re-dressing the capo bar

        Repairing a blown out front bridge notch on an otherwise good bridge

 

BRIDGE CAP MAKING DVD (1 hour 45 min) Price $30

 

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