The question from Timothy S. Hall about Burton's jacks jogged my memory
to the very early days of Herb Burton. While I probably knew the man
better than his harpsichord, I feel quite certain his jacks, tongues, and
plectra were all made of black Delrin. Since he did not play, Herb
asked me to demonstrate one of his newly constructed instruments at a
national seminar. I had no practice time and sat down in front of a
medium-sized audience and gave a short recital. When I arose to take my
bow I noticed that my finger tips and the inside of my thumbs were jet
black. Later when I asked him about this he replied that he had just
finished the instrument and he had blackened the natural keys with shoe
polish. Even though Herb was one of the most insecure and complex men I
had ever met, one couldn't help but like him for tackling a subject for
which he had very little training.
And no, Delrin is not always black. The Delrin in all my instruments is
Cordially, Hal Haney, Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
On Tue, 5 Sep 2000 10:34:24 -0400 "Timothy S. Hall"
<[log in to unmask]> writes:
> > Also, a question has been raised off-list about the identity of the
> > that Burton used.
> From my Burton-owning days, I thought I remembered that they
> delrin. I suppose the definitive word on this might come from Glenn
> Giuttari, who makes replacement tongues (didn't he buy Herb's
> >Is delrin always black?
> Aren't your Burton tongues black? Mine were, although I never
> any from Glenn, but used old stock.
> Tim Hall