Assortment of Stuff

Posted: June 8, 2012 in Piano

I posted this pic on Twitter earlier for people who like to figure out what things are.

Before I throw something away, I usually take it apart and salvage the parts. I also tend to collect unusual items, like that trio of boxes on the left which are attachments for a table saw blade that make ogee contours in wood. The fuse in the box is pretty easy to spot. That was from my 1976 Chevy truck. Sold that ten years ago. The Y-connector is from an invention I made. Air tube connector. the hinge is from a Gulbransen piano, and the door stop is standard fare for any box of old shop parts. Below that is an old piano wire pin, like the one to the right, but not nickel plated. Older pins did not receive the nickel plating because blued gun barrel steel was considered the best steel in the market.  Piano man Sam Westbrook brought a nickel plated tuning pin to the NAMM show a very long time ago, and the manufacturers ignored him.

The long handle goes into the mute to the right, beyond the tube connector. the button above the felt is from an old voice recorder: the fast forward button. The bracket to the right holds the pin that goes through a piano pedal to anchor it onto the bottom board. Two hinge pins are below it. The grey button at the top-right is one of those end receptacles you use to attach shelves. To its left is a bolt that fastens the upright piano action into place. Below it is a 1/4″ to mini stereo cable converter.  The remains of a piano action part if to the left, and below it is a hammer return spring from an old upright.

There are thousands of parts in any man’s shop, and for some reason, men develop a database of understanding for every object in the shop. In fact, you lose credibility with friends if you cannot name all the objects in your shop. In addition, a working knowledge of every type of screw, bolt, nail and nut is also required.  Even though I work with wood, I can still name any part found in an car engine.  For some reason, men are also expected to know the name of every model of car and truck ever made, going back to the Model-T. People do not realize that the reason men never require a map is because we memorize all of them.  It doesn’t matter that we might not have ever been in a particular city.  Finding things are part of the DNA and do not require a map or directions for assembly. Except for car keys and my wallet. Still working on that little detail.


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