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The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation

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  • Date Published: August 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107077805

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  • This is the first book to combine museum-based conservation techniques with practical instructions on the maintenance, repair, adjustment, and tuning of virtually every type of historical musical instrument. As one of the world's leading conservators of musical instruments, Stewart Pollens gives practical advice on the handling, storage, display and use of historic musical instruments in museums and other settings, and provides technical information on such wide-ranging subjects as acoustics, cleaning, climate control, corrosion, disinfestation, conservation ethics, historic stringing practice, measurement and historic metrology, retouching, tuning historic temperaments, varnish and writing reports. There are informative essays on the conservation of each of the major musical instrument groups, the treatment of paper, textiles, wood and metal, as well as historic techniques of wood and metalworking as they apply to musical instrument making and repair. This is a practical guide that includes equations, formulas, tables and step-by-step instructions.

    • Arranged alphabetically for quick retrieval of information
    • Presents treatments, materials, and formulas recommended by leading conservators working in major museums
    • Describes the procedures used in restoring and maintaining woodwind, brass, stringed instruments, keyboard, percussion, and ethnographic instruments
    • Provides practical advice on handling, storage, and use of musical instruments
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    "As usual with Pollens's writings, this [book] is impeccably researched and thorough … [It] provides a reliable guide to various materials and techniques, from moulding to soldering and dealing with chemical treatments and solvents. It has the potential to improve and develop all techniques, and help us to understand and handle materials and methods with greater confidence. Few of us will ever have to tackle the problem of bronze disease on a bugle, but it's nice to know I now have access to that information, not far away from the immediately helpful entry on 'cleaning: soaps and detergents' … I am very happy and grateful to be able to add [this book] to my reference shelf …"
    John Dilworth, The Strad

    'The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation is a clearly written and practical guide to a complex subject, with an abundance of useful photos illustrating the techniques described. Anyone involved in preserving a historic musical instrument will undoubtedly want to keep this book in a handy location on their bookshelf, in the same way Pollens must have done for his 'shop notebook' during his tenure at the Metropolitan Museum.' Robert Adelson, Notes

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    • Date Published: August 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107077805
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 197 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.16kg
    • contains: 62 b/w illus. 12 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Entries A-Z: Acoustics
    Benzotriazole
    Bleach
    Boxwood
    Brass, bronze, and nickel silver alloys
    Brass and nickel silver cleaning
    Brass instrument conservation
    Bronze disease
    Calendar
    Cents conversion
    Chemical analysis
    Cleaning: soaps and detergents
    Clavichord maintenance
    Compo or pastiglia
    Conservation reports
    Dendrochronology
    Dictionary of common and obsolete chemical terms
    Disinfestation
    Drill bits
    Ebony and ebonizing
    Electroplating and electro-cleaning
    Epoxy removal
    Ethics
    Flutes
    Fortepiano maintenance
    French polishing
    Frets, tied and fixed
    Gilding
    Glues, pastes, and other adhesives
    Grain painting and marbling
    Grit size comparison chart
    Guitar stringing
    Gut strings
    Handling, storage, and transporting musical instruments
    Harp maintenance and stringing
    Harpsichord maintenance
    Helmholtz resonator
    Historical metrology
    Humidity control
    Hurdy gurdy stringing
    Illumination level
    Inscriptions, faded
    Intervals
    Iron and steel
    Ivory
    Japanning
    Keyboard instrument conservation
    Labels
    Lacquer
    Lakes
    Lead and lead alloys
    Leather
    Lute stringing
    Measurement
    Measurement system conversion
    Mersenne's Law
    Metallurgy
    Metalworking
    Mold making
    Mother-of-pearl and abalone
    Nickel silver cleaning
    Oddy test
    Organ restoration
    Overspun strings
    Paper, pencil, and ink
    Parchment, vellum, and slunk
    Patination
    Pegs
    Piano action regulation (modern grand)
    Pitch
    Proportion
    Recording
    Relative humidity
    Retouching
    Rosin
    Safety equipment
    Scaling
    Sealing wax
    Sharpening tools
    Silver cleaning
    Soldering
    Solvents and solvent cleaning
    Specific gravity
    Staining wood
    Stain removal
    Stradivari's varnish
    Stringed keyboard restoration
    Tap drill sizes
    Tapers
    Temperature
    Tempering steel
    Textile cleaning
    Tinning
    Tortoiseshell, horn, and whalebone
    Tuning and temperament
    Vapor-phase inhibitor paper
    Varnish
    Viola da Gamba strings
    Violin adjustment
    Violin, baroque fittings and strings
    Violin sizes
    Violin and viola strings, modern
    Vulcanite and ebonite
    Wax cleaning emulsion
    Wire gauge systems for early keyboard instruments
    Wheat paste
    Wood
    Woodwind instrument conservation
    Woodworking.

  • Author

    Stewart Pollens
    Stewart Pollens served between 1976 and 2006 as the conservator of musical instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he restored and maintained a collection of over five thousand instruments. He is the author of over eighty scholarly articles and four books, including Forgotten Instruments (1980), The Violin Forms of Antonio Stradivari (1992), The Early Pianoforte (1995; reprinted 2009), Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù (1998), François-Xavier Tourte: Bow Maker (2001), and Stradivari (2010), which won a 2011 Choice award for 'Outstanding Academic Title'. In 1997 he was the recipient of the American Musical Instrument Society's Nicholas Bessaraboff Prize for The Early Pianoforte, a study of the invention and early history of the pianoforte. He is also a contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and writes frequently for The Strad.

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