By far the heaviest and cumbersome part of the restoration process is the removal and refitting of the frame in a grand piano. This Broadwood has various soundboard repairs including refitting of a detached bridge and the fitting of around 15 shims to properly fill the cracks that have opened up over the years. Restringing has now started and the next piano for stringing arrives shortly; a large and decorative Bluthner upright. The workshop doesn’t get much busier than this.
After around a year of painstaking work the Bechstein Model V grand is finished and ready to go back. I first thought that the sound would be on the mellow side I couldn’t have been more wrong. Once the setting up was done the sound came alive in the most amazing way. This piano is everything a good piano should be, full-sounding, mellow when played lightly, bright and loud when pushed hard. If I’ve ever wanted to keep a piano after reconditioning work then this is the one! The work represents the most in depth restoration so far and boy has it all paid off. Oh and I nearly forgot (but you’ll see in the picture), the case is in Rio rosewood, now an endangered tree and almost impossible to source. In the quantities needed for a piano you’d need a second mortgage to buy a new one in this finish.
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