The original soundboard was cracked and the finish was worn as one might expect in a piano over a century old. We routed open all significant cracks and shimmed them with new pieces of Sitka spruce wood to match the original material.
Refinishing the soundboard
After repairing the soundboard, we applied three coats of lacquer with wet-sanding between each application. Here you can see the refinished soundboard anxiously awaiting its new pinblock.
Veneer repair (before)
The veneer on the rear of the piano had suffered significant damage over the years. We fashioned a new segment of laurel by tracing a pattern from the undamaged portion of the veneer. We cut away the damaged wood and replaced it with the newly crafted inlay.
Drilling the new pinblock
The original pinblock was cracked and water-damaged such that the piano could not stay in tune. In order to restore the instrument's wonderful playability, we made a new pinblock to the exact dimensions as original.
Veneer repair (after)
Here is the complete veneer after repair and refinshing.
Show here is a closeup of the rear leg of the art grand before refinishing. The white shown here is new plaster work conducted in an effort to restore the intricate, decorative marquetry.
Plaster moulding repair
Here is the pedal lyre prepped for refinishing. The marquetry has been painstakingly repaired by hand with plaster to match the original mouldings.
Completed rear leg
Here is the fully restored rear leg. Each leg took approximately 80 hours to restore before refinishing.
Completed pedal lyre
Here is the fully restored pedal lyre, after repairing and refinishing.