Restoring My 1880 Weber Grand Piano, and The Sweet Smell Of Brazilian Rosewood.

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I've been a full-time piano tuner-technician for almost 40 years now. My Dad, my step-brother, nephew and three uncles, all tuners.
When I was a teen my mother bought my sister an upright piano for her to take lessons. Had to hire someone to tune it. That was ALOT of strings to tune! :thumb:
 

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I'm in the process of re-stringing a client's Baldwin grand, a big job, for sure!
 

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so you've done the math then?

and how many fretboards can you get out of it? :D

i kid! that's a work of art and best of luck in the restoration!
 

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Steam the veneer off that sucker and you could make 10 dreadnoughts out of it man. :thumb:
 

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I'm restoring this Weber, for my ex, it's an old Platinum Series...
 

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DAMN that's nice!!11!

Great job, man. Thanks for posting that!

Will she hold a tuning?
 

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I wonder why everyone likes Brazilian rosewood so much...
 

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Truth be told, I think the only potential buyer willing to pay 40K for a piano like mine would be in China. They have a keen interest in American pianos right now.
Can you even legally ship it (keys), internationally? Don't answer that...
 

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Apparently, there is an "Antiques Clause" which allows shipping of banned materials, through approved ports only. Proof of the article being at least 100 years old is required.
 

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I decided to give her a quick tuning yesterday, since the console piano that I had was on loan and had to be returned. The tuning pins actually seem to hold, but the tenor and treble strings are so old that they lack clarity. Likewise, some of the old the bass strings sound a little tubby.
 

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Wow.A nice functional piece of art.Hope you have a master player take her for a whirl...
 

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Well, progress on this project has been very slow, but a new ivory keyboard is in place. The material is recycled ivory approximately 50 years old. I have also sprayed the final coats of lacquer on the front facia. Wet-sanded, and hand-rubbed.
 
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