Keyboard`s construction and renovation

How to build or renovate a keyboard by yourself? The major principles of this process will be discussed while basing on examples of two new organ keyboards and a pump organ keyboard.

The seminar will elaborate on the overall construction of the keyboards along with the use of materials they are constructed of, the graining of wood, the principles of the wheelbase, keyboard norms, kinds and methods of embedding engravings, attaching new keys onto the manuals frame, glueing the ebony and ivory toppings. The renovation part of the seminar will include an exposé of clearing the keys, polishing and replacing the pins, replacing the cashmere in the pin’s gibs, adjusting the height of the white keys’ line and adjusting the play’s depth.

Andrzej Sutowicz – Once he turned 7 years old he attended music school with faculty of violin which he then graduated (both primary and secondary) in Zdunska Wola. In 1991 he graduated from Arnold Fibiger’s Technical School of Piano Construction in Kalisz. He then continued to start working at “Szczepaniak’s Organ Studio”. In 2002 he won a master title of an organ master. In 2003 he completed an internship at “Sauer orgelbau” company. He has participated in the works of a committee whose purpose was to supervise and reclaim organ services at Łódź Philharmonic. He contributed as an expert in the 1st and 2nd editions of editing the organ-master job information for Ministry of Family and Social Policy. Since 2008 he has been running a business renovating old antique organs and constructing new instruments. His expertise reachers piano and grand piano corrections and tunings. He is in charge of Łódź Music Academy, Łódź Philharmonic, Archcathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Łódź, The Schools of Music in Łódź, Pabianice and Lutomiersk. He designed and constructed organs for Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Since 2014 he has been a member of Polish Piano Tuners Association. He conducted numerous lectures on organs while presenting a transparent model of the instrument, designed especially for educational purposes. He has constructed dozens of new organ keyboards and several antique organ keyboards. Keyboards are custom made with various trims: ebony, ivory, polymer along with their multiple combinations including milled decorative fronts. He carried out dozens of ancient keyboard renovations in grand pianos and organs.

Event organised by the Association of Polish Piano Tuners

Seminar: 3 September (Saturday), 2.45 pm, Room Hazel

Paweł Olek

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