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Giving the ol’girl a new lease on life . . .

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Giving the ol’girl a new lease on life . . .

This vintage of Chickering (1940’s) seem to be prone to bass strings popping. The customer is very attached to this piano as it was her fathers growing up in the 40’s. It was over a half step flat and evidence of string breakage. Sure enough bass string after bass string kept snapping. She was willing …

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Rebuilding an action on antique Steinway ex-player piano

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Rebuilding an action on antique Steinway ex-player piano

A customer got a free Steinway explayer grand piano. It is over 100 y.o. and needed a new action badly. Glue joints were failing every other day. It was time to breath new life in the old girl.The piano also suffered from what is known as “verdigris” – meaning the center pin (or pivot point) …

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Here we go again . . .

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Here we go again . . .

Something about the end of winter that makes people bring in their Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos for service. I like to tackle the pianos one at a time. No multitasking.

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Restoring a Rhodes piano from the 1960’s

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Restoring a Rhodes piano from the 1960’s

This Rhodes has felt hammers like a piano. They did this in the 1960’s. After 50 years of use you can see the deep grooves cut on the hammers.I am half way done hand filing them to get rid of the grooves and reshape them.Very uneven hammers. I need to bring up the hammers to …

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A feather in my cap . . .

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A feather in my cap . . .

After years of trying to convince “The Piano Craft Guild” which was the old Chickering piano factory in Boston to get a Chickering for their front lobby, they finally got one. They asked me to refurbish the ol’girl.I am keeping it 100% original (warts and all) just as it came out of this factory. A …

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You learn something new every day . . .

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You learn something new every day . . .

1823 ha? I didn’t know that. Maybe they were good back then however Currier spinets from the 70’s are a hard piano for us tuners to love. At that time the quality was not there. Too bad.

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Hard at work getting this Hohner Clavinet back in shape

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Hard at work getting this Hohner Clavinet back in shape

Although working on these beasts is not the most fun, the result is always worth itThis one is in very good shape (for its age) and fortunately does not need to be “re-yarned”. The final testing before I button it back up and out the door.

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Play me, I’m yours in Peabody

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Play me, I’m yours in Peabody

The town of Peabody has their annual outdoor pianos scattered around town. I spent the day getting them in playable condition. It is not easy tuning a piano on Main St. It is a truck route! Very noisy. But it is a great idea and encourages people to make music. Feel free to play them …

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Now thats one small piano . . .

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Now thats one small piano . . .

These pianos were made to be used on a train in the 30’s and 40’s.They don’t play or sound very good and are an exercise in patience. Muting the strings is very difficult. I dropped my mutes at least 10 times into the piano.

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thats one burnt finish . . .

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thats one burnt finish . . .

The finish of this piano is incredibly “alligatored”. I was very surprised at how well it tuned up considering how dry it must have been over the years to make the finish shrivel up like this. I guess they don’t make them like they used to.

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