Aligning the first hammer.
Gluing on the Bass Hammers
Bass Hammers Done.
Gluing on the Tenor Hammers.
Tenor section done.
After all the hammers are on and the glue has dried, the tails of the new hammers are sanded to remove the excess glue and align them together.
This step is especially important with the Bass Hammers, because they are glued at an angle. If these tails are not sanded flush, every time the hammer is used, it’s jarred a little to the side because of its shape.
Now, even though the hammers are at an angle, the tails are not.
The finished action, ready for regulation.
(Click here to compare the above picture to the action in its “before” state!)
Meanwhile, back at the church, the bridge notches have been sanded, the bridge shellacked, and the top waxed. Now the new bridge pins are tapped in.
Working ahead of me is Grayson, who is coating each bridge pin hole with a mixture of hot water and fish glue. This will soak into the hole, expand the wood, and then the glue will freeze the grains into their expansion. The pins are tapped in and effectively “glued”, however, the glue is not holding the pin – it’s holding the wood which is holding the pin.
All done, but as you can see from this picture, the pins are too long. You can buy shorter pins, but if they are too short, they won’t work.
So, I grind them down to the right height, a little at a time, using an angle grinder.
Then, I dress the tops of the pins with a file to even them out, and remove any of the burrs left from grinding.
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