Friday, September 29, 2017

Clementi Square Piano

I've completed the restoration of this Muzio Clementi square, maker's number 9942, circa 1811.
With the exception of the original hammer coverings, which have been preserved, the action has been completely re-leathered.  It has been restrung in Malcolm Rose English brass and iron, and I fabricated new overspun bass strings. Much of the ebony and brass inlay was missing, and has been replicated. The original dampers had been removed at some point, and I have used a set from an Astor square which was beyond any hope of restoration.






Monday, April 24, 2017

Hubbard French double for sale

Concert quality instrument.
Completely restored by Dale Munschy, 2017. Strung in Rose wire, voicing in black Delrin plectra. 8'x8'x4'/buff, FF-fff, 392/415/440 transposing. Originally a non-transposing, 63 note instrument, five full octaves are available in any transposed keyboard position.
Excellent balance and contrast between 8' registers.
Precise, reliable action, very full sound.
Burgundy red with cream colored banding; 6 screw-in fluted legs.
Includes tool kit, replacement strings, plectra and damper cloth.
Asking $10,000.



Thursday, January 19, 2017

John Broadwood & Sons square piano for sale (SOLD)

Square piano by John Broadwood & Sons, maker's number 14087, circa 1809. 68 notes, FF-c''''. Previously restored with modern cloth and wire. All action parts and case hardware (hammers, underlevers, dampers, damper levers, key coverings, hinges, etc.) original and complete. Missing collapsible music desk. Typical case twisting, with attempted repair (turnbuckles and cables on instrument bottom). Veneer and case components in overall very good, original condition. Case structure and action in need of extensive restoration.
Will deliver within a 400 mile radius of Boston, MA for a reasonable fee.
$1,000, or a reasonable offer.











Monday, June 27, 2016

Overspun bass string winding machine

I am now able to produce overspun wires up to 76" in length.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hugh Gough Italian, 1956

A little gem from London.


French double after Moermans, Andrew Wooderson

This is, perhaps, the most perfectly made instrument to pass through my workshop. It has been restrung in Malcolm Rose English iron and brass, voiced in black Delrin plectra, with new dampers and a thorough action regulation. 


Dowd French Double, #81, 1965

It's always a joy to work on instruments made by Dowd, as they are so beautifully and perfectly crafted. This one has been restrung and voiced in black Delrin plectra. A lovely, classic revival instrument by the Dean of American harpsichord builders.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Broadwood square piano, circa 1809

This instrument was previously "restored." The bridge was not glued to the soundboard. It was attached only by a dozen or so screws, and the soundboard was not glued to the liner. Enough said.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Viennese fortepiano

This instrument was made circa 1785, very likely by Karl Benedict. Having undergone a previous restoration, I have remedied some errors made by a well meaning but poorly informed technician.  The beak leather, prell springs, prell hinges, and a few poorly spliced hammer shanks have been replaced, and the hammer line has been corrected. 

Zuckermann Flemish single

This little gem has been restrung and voiced in my workshop. Flemish single, 8'x8'/buff, 415/440, GG-ddd. It was built by a talented young man while he was still in high school. Aside from a few issues with the string spacing, he did an admirable job of assembling and decorating this instrument.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Welcome to my workshop!

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Video by "Those Video Guys," Somerville, Massachusetts.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Jacob Kirckman bentside spinet, 1750, for sale.



This instrument had undergone a previous restoration of very poor quality. The keyframe cloth was replaced with the wrong type of cloth, as were the keylever jack cushions, and it was strung in steel. Additionally, the soundboard appears to have been re-coated with a heavy varnish. Fortunately, most of its original components were present and intact, and the previous work done to it was easily corrected.
The action cloth was replaced with Graham Walker wool, it has been restrung in an historically accurate scale with Malcolm Rose English brass & iron, and has been quilled in Canadian goose.
It is in excellent playing condition, and holds its tune quite well.
Offered for sale. Please contact me at DBMunschy@yahoo.com for inquiries and details.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Willard Martin, 1989, after Mersenne

This instrument arrived in my workshop in tough shape. Many strings had been replaced, and the voicing and damping was uneven. After a complete restringing, new voicing in white Delrin, and thorough action regulation, it has been transformed into an instrument which I will be sad to have to part with. This instrument belongs to the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA.
(Click on images to enlarge.)








Saturday, February 1, 2014

Viennese fortepiano





This instrument was made by John R. Bennett and Jake Kaeser in Stonington, CT., 1979.
It has been restrung in Malcolm Rose English iron and brass, and the hammers have been re-leathered.
Additionally, the escapement lever cushions were removed and replaced, substantially reducing the sound of the lever's return to rest position. The damper system also required a complete overhaul, and the action has been meticulously restored and regulated.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Dowd French double manual harpsichord



This instrument was restored by me for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
William Dowd, FF-fff, 415/440 transposing, instrument number 279, 1973.
Restrung, plastic jacks/registers replaced by wooden jacks/registers furnished by Jake Kaeser.

Broadwood square piano



Pictured are before and after photos of the restored John Broadwood & Sons square piano, circa 1819.

William Post Ross English Double





This instrument arrived in my workshop in unplayable condition. The lead weights in the rear of the key levers had expanded to the point where the keys were binding together. Not a single key was functioning. Additionally, the old style Hubbard jacks were badly warped, and the strings were badly rusted.
It has been restrung, and the jacks and registers have been replaced with wooden jacks furnished by Jake Kaeser.
Originally an FF-g''' non-transposing instrument, it has been converted to an FF-f''' 415/440 transposing instrument.
Pictured are the keyboards prior to restoration, and a view of the restored instrument.