|Snapshot of alcohol lamp and a variety of tools.|
Well, Rachel explained that she has a motor at the end of the bench -- a "bench motor." She has several attachments that go into the the motor to help her in her work. She often times uses the motor to straighten bent rods, fit pivot screws, and touch up (polish) keys (by adding various sized wheels). When we stopped in today, she was using the motor to shorter a mechanism tube rod.
So, that -- in a nutshell -- is a glimpse of the common toolbox of our flute repair tech, Rachel!
|Hands are important for checking the "feel" of the mechanism -- and for so many other things!|
|The bench motor|
|Close-up on the bench motor|
|Rachel placed a mechanism rod in the tip of the motor and is now filing it to shorten it.|
|Removing a key rod with the screwdriver.|
|Pulling out the rod with pliers.|
|Checking pad seating with the feeler gauge.|
|Un-hooking springs with the spring hook.|
|After using all those tools, the flutes often look like this -- and then everything is put back together using the tools again!|