Sunday, May 13, 2018

Eric Herz model "S" for sale (SOLD)

Eric Herz model "S" number 136, made in 1968, AA-fff, 8'x4'/buff, non transposing, solid cherry case and components in pristine condition. Completely restored by me, 2018. Restrung in Röslau German steel and Instrument Workshop brass. Original Herz jack bodies have been adapted to accommodate Hubbard tongues. Voiced in black Delrin plectra. Perfect playing condition, extremely stable. Includes matching bench, canvas cover and basic tool kit. Asking $4,500.



Thursday, April 26, 2018

T. Tomkison square piano





This instrument by Thomas Tomkison, #6464, made in 1823, arrived in  my workshop in deplorable condition. It appears that some form of wildlife had taken up residence in it, and apparently lived comfortably judging by the large amount of leaves, twigs, nuts and berries they left behind.
Not content with only leaves and twigs to build a comfortable nest or nuts and berries to eat, they also chewed away at the top 12 or so hammers and half of the lid prop stick.
After a great degree of restorative work, it sounds and plays magnificently, and has been returned to the Prescott House Museum on Beacon Street, Boston.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Longman & Broderip square piano #214, circa 1784.

 Came across this in my travels. Unrestored, in pristine, original condition. 








Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Clementi Square Piano #14537

Yet another Clementi square, rescued from a run-down apartment complex, fully restored and ready for delivery to its new home.

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 (SOLD)

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!


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

Monday, August 4, 2014

Jacob Kirckman bentside spinet, 1750, for sale. (SOLD)



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.)