The Harpsichord came before the Piano

14th Jul 2015 Comments Off on The Harpsichord came before the Piano

Do you know that the well known piano has a distant cousin called a Harpsichord? The beautiful sound of the piano has be “fine tuned” over centuries beginning with this Harpsichord. The earliest surviving harpsichords were built in Italy in the early 16th century. Little is known of the early history of the harpsichord, but, […]

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Steinway O Action Project

21st Sep 2013 Comments Off on Steinway O Action Project

It was decided to replace the existing hammers which were not actual Steinway parts but probably some sort of asian knock-offs.  All the the balance/front rail felts had to be replaced.  Therefore, it was necessary to set the key height to the requisite 2.594″ above the keybed, etc., etc.  Plan on spending some time because […]

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Piano Restoration Albuquerque: Soundboard decal for Mason & Hamlin

21st Oct 2011 Comments Off on Piano Restoration Albuquerque: Soundboard decal for Mason & Hamlin

Applied the soundboard decal to the Mason A.  It came in 2 parts that had to be done separately.  The largest w/the eagle was an alcohol transfer; it was challenging to lay precisely over the shadow of the orig.  The word Boston was simply a stick on.  A good spray coat of lacquer sealer soft […]

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Steinway Restoration: 1918 model O

20th Sep 2011 Comments Off on Steinway Restoration: 1918 model O

Presently working on a 1918 model O. It’s soundboard has a series of cracks running along both bridges – esp. the treble. Close inspection revealed rib separation from the s. board at various points which were epoxyed and clamped. Fortunately most of these cracks are under the plate, so the area w/decal can be left […]

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Piano tuning Albuquerque: Plate Re-gilding

20th Sep 2011 Comments Off on Piano tuning Albuquerque: Plate Re-gilding

Plate re-gilding can sometimes be a tricky project. In our shop we’re presently doing just that to one from a ’33 Mason A. After thorough cleaning a lacquer based primer was applied to a small section for test. There were problems; it seems that when the instrument had been re-pinned/ strung some 40+ years ago […]

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