The piano shown is a completed project, a Chickering concert grand made in 1876.
This shows the board in place, ready for the bridges.
The soundboard finished with a new finish applied, bridges installed.
The design of an old Steinway incorporated an open holed or exposed pinblock. Used in Europe at the turn of the century, (1900) replacement is one of the most complicated procedures for a small rebuilding shop. Although time consuming, we have removed the case from the pinblock area and replaced it with a new one. The stretcher bar holding the pinblock is the original.
RichardVoegtle and myself fitting the plate to the new pinblock. Exposed pinblocks offer a challenge even to the most seasoned rebuilder.
Mr. Voegtle, now retired was a great mentor, not only to my craft, but to my life as well. Although we stay in touch, he is missed around the shop.
This is the same piano, now completed with dampers installed. It has had new ivories installed, a new Renner action and is waiting for a player to be installed. This lengthy process has taken six months to complete. A piano like this would sell for $80,000.00 in a regular retail situation.
The finished piano was shipped to my customer in Maryland in late 2005, he was very kind to send me this photo of the completed Steinway in his home. A fine addition to a well appointed home, one that appreciates a fine historic Steinway grand piano. My job is completed.