1870's Steinway Upright in Clinton Hill

20141126_17512120141126_151744 A recent transplant from Long Island, this 1870's Steinway Upright is such a beautiful piece - with some features I've never seen before...

1. Ornate floral grill in front panel permitting one to dimly perceive the action inside (see above)...

2.  No plate covering pinblock!

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3. Homemade damper replacement cobbled together of temperament strip felt and string...

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4. Overstrung dampers on the first several wound bass strings above the first break...usually there's just one at the break to compensate for a slice made in the lowest damper above the break to make room for the adjacent bass damper.  You'll notice below that this means the hammers have to always travel precisely matched to the strings otherwise they'll hit the damper wires!

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I inspected the entire piano (soundboard cracks, strings replaced, half a humidifier system in the bottom cavity, suddenly 20cents flat at D5, broken jack toes on the highest notes - this piano only went up to G7, instead of C8, etc...), fixed the sustain pedal which had way too much lost motion, re-glued a wedge damper that had fallen into the body cavity, pitch raised the piano, tuned it, and discussed our plans for replacing the one string that broke with pitch raising and calling Steinway to see if we can get replacement Jacks from the late 19th century...

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100's of years of wear on piano hammers...

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