Why Vintage Pianos Need New Soundboards

Antique pianos audio old because the soundboard, connects, hammers and post are no longer functioning effectively. Often in the art of restoring, hammers and post are changed with new ones, but the soundboard and connects just seem to be given a band-aid mindset.

There is more that satisfies the eye when it comes to sound violin soundboards.

First the Form.

Most people are amazed to learn a violin soundboard is curved fit. The posture is so little however, that the soundboard may look smooth, but they are created so that the middle is approximately 1/8″ higher than the external sides. After the post are set up, and the downwards stress is applied on the soundboard, the posture can be as tiny as 1/16″.

The juggling act.

When the soundboard is doing its job effectively, it is shifting easily while supporting one million weight in the form of downwards stress. Now here is a tremendous fact- Soundboards are intentionally under designed. If it was designed effectively to back up that million weight throughout its lifestyle, the assistance supports (ribs) would be much more large, and the soundboard would lose it independence to move. Interpretation – It would audio terrible. So what chicanery did technicians use to make sure that a soundboard will be powerful enough and have independence of movement?

An unseen power.

Piano creators used wood’s natural attribute of reducing and growing to benefits. When a new soundboard is created the wetness in the timber is eliminated, and the soundboard is in this shrunken state when it is stuck into the violin. The panel will then develop as it takes on wetness. But since it is limited in the violin as it develops, it will not develop actually, but inner as a hygroscopic power. This power contributes the rest of the force the panel needs to back up up the million weight.

But there was a price to pay for independence.

Hygroscopic power is short-term. I like to evaluate the violin soundboard in this respect to a golf football. A new football is full of jump as well as, but after being hit continuously during the course of the game, the power reduces and the football becomes “old” with less power. The violin soundboard acts exactly like that. As the soundboard goes through time, it increases and agreements and fatigues.

How Lengthy do they last?

No one can say for sure how much time in a long time a soundboard can last. Record reveals that the appears to be personality changes around 75 decades ( or even before) and most are toasted bread at 100 decades. The twelve symptoms are flatness, breaks, and a short maintain. That’s the “old” and exhausted audio a traditional violin has. Basically fixing a break is aesthetic, and doesn’t deal with the real problem of exhaustion.

A New Starting.

Why execute a aesthetic fix on a 100 year old soundboard? When a new panel is set up there is comfortableness that the violin is good for another 100 decades with an excellent overall tone. There is nothing like hearing to or enjoying a violin that performs with power, convenience, and with an extended maintain.

My Newest Example.

I just completed setting up a new panel in a 1929 Heintzman Huge. The unique panel had an extended break that had been fixed in a prior restore. The soundboard was also as smooth as a hot cake. Further research exposed that when the panel left the manufacturer it was created too dense and large ( techniques as a consequence of the Excellent Depressive disorders no doubt). The panel was as sound as a piece of sheetrock. It would have been an excellent detriment to the client to merely manage a group aid fix. When I created the new panel, I was able to make it 5 weight less large and after recurring hearing was further able to get rid of inner limited places. The consequence was a panel that had a 3 second maintain and seemed like an in-depth fish drum. The violin became one of the best appearing pianos that I ever observed.