Monday, July 22, 2013

Steinway S 334968 Board and Block Out

Removing the old soundboard has further revealed that at some time in the past this piano was subject to very high humidity, as the glue joints are all loose. This makes for easy removal, and verifies the fact that the old board is beyond repair. Also removed was the pinblock, and the bridges .

Friday, July 5, 2013

Steinway S 334968

I have recently begun a total rebuild of a Steinway model S. This project will include a total remanufacture including refinishing.
After the dampers are removed, lots of measurements are taken and recorded before the strings and tuning pins are removed. Finally the cast iron plate is removed.

Meet my grandson Benjamin

I was excited today to have my grandson help me with real piano work for the first time. He has been in my shop before, but never to do real piano work. His first job...installing bridle straps in a spinet action. He later helped me install a humidity control system in a grand piano. He is a very quick learner, and knows how to handle a screwdriver! He also had the experience of cutting some metal rods with a hack saw. Grandpa had to help a bit with that. I'm sure there will be more projects in the near future that Benjamin can help with.