Friend of mine has his Grandfather's piano, a Henderson, that has been in family since new--his Grandfather worked for the piano manufacturer, Ann Arbor Organ Company (actually founding family, Allmendinger). I worked on it for him, and discovered this very strange bridge arrangement, never seen one before, look at photo. Some of them have broken, but since he's a machinist, he figures he can make new ones (and I think he can)--we are thinking that the parts are not likely available, but thought I'd ask around!
The piano reacts like any upright, and seems to be fairly stable, I don't notice any tonal changes from one note to the next, but I am curious as to why the agraffes are reversed like that.
Yes, could take some of the top notes and use those parts down in the scale where there are two broken ones. I will have to replace at least on string on each one as the center string goes right through a hole, but the outer two don't. Hmm, I wonder if I have my friend put a slot between the two mounting screws, and then I wouldn't have to replace strings. Hmm Would that weaken the piece too much?
Just thought that slotting idea through some more--won't work, oh well! Forget I mentioned it. Has anyone else seen this bridge design before?