New Steinway Shanks & Hammers

New shanks & hammers for a 1980 Steinway B model grand meant first sorting them via the tap test. This uses similar skills to selecting each plank of  tone wood for the soundboard, by tapping each shank against a finger knuckle and thus grading the tone of each one from low to high in respect of its position in each section (bass, tenor, middle, treble, high treble, etc) of the piano.

Once the shanks are in place, initial travelling precedes the glueing on of each hammer (having kept some guide hammers!):

And then adding more……..

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