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another odd ball piano . . .

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another odd ball piano . . .

Got in this late 70’s Helpinstill Roadmaster piano.Was made for touring. It is basically a spinet that is in its own road case.The keyboard folds flatReady for a tour.It has pick ups and a volume/eq box to can go to an amp or PA system. Very cool idea.

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Now thats a bridge!

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Now thats a bridge!

Tuned a little known German piano and noticed this unique bridge designNever heard of this brand of piano out of Berlin. Thats the thickest bridge I have ever seen.Schwechten is very well built. Plays and sound really amazing considering it is close to 100 years old. It has been in the family since new.

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Very interesting repair . . .

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Very interesting repair . . .

I guess if you don’t have the tools and materials to fix it right you come up with some pretty interesting alternatives. Who ever did this is very creative. Times to fix it the right way.

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Crazy cool piano bench

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Crazy cool piano bench

This may win the award to coolest piano bench I have ever seen. Was at a customers house.

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What a hack job . .

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What a hack job . .

I had to pull the action on a very nicely refinished Steinway grand. My jaw dropped after seeing the pin block.This is by far the worst job I have ever seen on installing a new pin block. It is cut in two pieces and hacked away to make it fit. I did not have the …

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Hohner Clavinet Job

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Hohner Clavinet Job

Although I love playing a vintage clav they are not the most fun to rebuild. A customer brought this one in for a few tweaks. The hammer tips turned to gum and needed replacing (which is common). The strings were rusty and kept on snapping right at the hitch. The only solution is a full …

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really good repair . . .

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really good repair . . .

Even though I have been doing this for over 15 years I have never seen this bass bridge repair before. Was on a 100 + year old upright. Who ever did it did a very good job. Normally there are bridge pins driven into the bridge. The wooden bridge could no longer hold the pins …

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Crazy made piano . . .

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Crazy made piano . . .

Tuned this 1930’s square grand piano. I have worked on square grand before but they were from the 1860-1890’s. This one is from the 1930’s. Although is was a little easier to tune then one from the 1800’s it is still very difficult. My back was aching by the end of it. Glad the “new” …

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Low quality control . . .

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Low quality control . . .

I noticed this screw dangling down behind the strings. I believe it is a perimeter plate bolt. I can not speak very highly of the quality of non-Japonise Asian made pianos. Maybe it was made on a Friday afternoon.

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Ah Oh . . .

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Ah Oh . . .

From time to time I come across pianos that have this problem.The bass hammers are coming undone from their moldings.As “The Piano Book” points out – 1970’s era Aoelian pianos are among the worst quality (or words to that effect). This one surely fits that bill. I did the best I could.

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