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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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Yet another restringing job . . .

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Yet another restringing job . . .

A customer had a beautiful but very old Ivers and Pond full sized upright. The problem is it would no longer hold a tuning. A good candidate for repining and restringing.I like this kind of work because It allows me to focus on one thing and one thing only. Another piano saved from oblivion. It …

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New life for an old piano . . .

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New life for an old piano . . .

This 125 year old Knabe would not hold a tuning any longer. First step – remove the old rusty strings. With the bass strings removed I send them off to the string maker.Its a long slow process but Im getting there. Using oversized tuning pins and a fresh set of strings this piano should have …

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