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Steps in Piano Rebuilding

This vintage Steinway is being disassembled for restoration.

Note the serious cracks in the soundboard; it will be necessary to replace it during the restoration.

The process begins with the removal of the strings, plate and soundboard.

Then cleaning the inside of the piano.

After the soundboard is duplicated, the new soundboard is custom fit back into the piano.

The new soundboard must be properly positioned ...

... and securely glued and clamped into the case for proper crown and tone.

Looking at the rest of the piano, we inspect the old finish and see that it is tired, grainy and worn.

We also inspect the state of the action and keys.
The old vintage ivories have yellowed over time.

Here is the action after it has been rebuilt with Renner action parts and Steinway hammers.

After bleaching and polishing, these old ivories look like new again.

The next step is to remove the old pinblock and create a duplicate replacement.

The new pinblock is made out of 29 lamination Falconwood.

It's a drastic difference from how the piano was when we first received it.

The piano has been completely rebuilt and refinished.

This piano was originally built in 1900, and can now be seen fully restored and in top condition.

The whole piano, fully restored, is now in its new home.

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