Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Below is a Steinway upright refinished by James Vanderlin Co. of Williamsport PA. The piano was dis-assembled here in my shop, and the parts taken to Vanderlins' refinishing company. After the parts are returned the case needs to be re-assembled which includes polishing the metal parts, and installing rubber buttons. I am working on repairing and buffing the original ivory keys, and still need to install new hammers and damper felts.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The soundboard panel is constructed of quarter sawn Sitka spruce that comes from Washington state. It arrives at my shop in strips of wood that need to be edge glued together, and dimensioned to the correct thickness. Finally, it is cut oversize to the shape of the piano inner rim.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
This week I began a new project. The pictures below show the tear down process. The first step is to remove case parts and label for future reinstallment. Then measurements are taken to assist in relocating everything on reassembly. Then the strings are removed. I use a pneumatic wrench to speed up the process on turning out the old tuning pins. Finally the cast iron plate is removed. Now I have access to the old sound board and pin block for removal.