I'm rebuilding a 1969 Morley double manual. It's 2x8, 1x4, and about 7 feet long. It's been sadly neglected and abused.
I contacted Morley in London, who still services pianos and harpsichords, and got the original stringing schedule. It's slightly different from what I measured, but I am sure strings have been replaced.
They used phosphor bronze wire for the bass. Would that be a good choice now? Alternatives?
Tuning pins are fine. If this were a piano I would replace them with oversize. Would you do this on a harpsichord?
I believe this Morley has a laminated soundboard - it's still in perfect shape.
I've had some harpsichord experience, in that I built one from a kit 30 years ago! I'm working my way through the archives for this list and have found some interesting and helpful information.
Thanks in advance for the help!
No oversized pins, please.
Harpsichord pins don't need the high torque of piano pins.
If a pin is slipping, pull the pin, put a slip of paper in the hole, and reinsert the pin.
Thanks for the advice guys, it is much appreciated.
Fred, I was at your talk in Norfolk, learned a lot, but didn't get a chance to pester you with my questions!