1976 Steinway F Studio
This Steinway Studio was bought in the United States moved to Germany and brought back to Wichita Falls. Is it possible that the Clean and Jerk Moving company may have been a little rough with it?
We were asked to see what we could do to repair the damage.
The bass leg of the piano was dowelled into the cheek and when Bluto caught the leg on a threshold, then applied maximum forward pressure, physics caught up with him.
The cheek came apart at the bottom and split vertically up the hole of the wood screw attaching the cheek to the key bed.
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Fortunately, the customer was able to wrest the shattered piece of the cheek from Bluto and we began the gluing process from there.
There were 27 separate glue joints made in the overall process. Efficient clamps and modern adhesives made the chore less onerous.
It's always rather maddening to see a fine section of maple treated like kindling for the fireplace.
Old wood workers claim you can't have too many clamps.
The corollary is that you can't have too many good quality tools.
Back home again with a happy and very relieved owner.
The only problem? The parts we refinished make the rest of the piano look tired!
Starting to look like a piano again!
The bass leg was handed to us when we picked up the piano.
We found out later that the treble leg was loose so we attached it and refinished both cheeks to match.
We use Steinway ebony lacquer which has a different formulae than most commercially available lacquers.
It's a little fussy at first but not too bad to work with once you have a bit of experience.
While the piano is on the tilter, the bottom board is checked, tightened and repaired as necessary.
Casters are checked, cleaned and replaced if need be.