The player thinks that it must be 20 years since this Aurora vibraphone was last serviced. It feels like that long since I last posted! Those who know me personally, will know that it is not just that I have been sitting on my hands – although there were a few moments! I have been working on new things, which I will write about separately, but bubbling over in the background have also been a few jobs of which this Deagan is one.
After having specific issues to resolve on the last few instruments, my remit on this Deagan Aurora is back to what I normally get, “can you sort it out please Paul?” So when this is the case, I look at and repair, restore or modify every component. I have a systematic approach, for example on the Aurora joining the massive ends with the cross bar is the first part of assembly, so this is where I start the overhaul.
Those massive ends don’t come apart; well they will, but only by damaging the plastic covering. This Deagan is still looking good, so I am reluctant to do that for little reward. Therefore it is the cross bar that I turn my attention towards, and in particular the damping system.
This post continues with 1256: Deagan Aurora (pt2).