Tuesday, August 27, 2013

David Jacques Way Flemish double, 1988

This is one of the most beautiful instruments I have ever restored. The bridge & nut pins are perfectly spaced, the jacks function flawlessly, and the keyboards are perfectly cut and balanced. A perfectly made instrument.  Restrung, voiced in white Delrin, for a private party. (Click on images to enlarge.)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

1819 Broadwood & Sons square piano: Excerpt from Clementi Sonatina in C major, op. 36, no. 3; Dale Munschy

The 1819 Broadwood & Sons square piano restoration is coming along nicely. Stay tuned.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Broadwood square piano hammers

Pictured is an 1840 repair of one of the hammers, with a newly fabricated replacement. The hammer head, hammer leather, and hinge plate are the originals. (Click on images to enlarge.)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Hubbard/Stein fortepiano, wood to metal kapsel conversion

Pictured is the action of a Hubbard fortepiano, after Stein, 1784, built by Mary Sadovnikoff, 1976. The wooden kapsels, being loose, wobbly, and completely unreliable, have been replaced with nickel plated brass kapsels. (Click on images to enlarge)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Sutherland Italian

Pictured is a large Italian made by David Sutherland, 1976, Ann Arbor, MI., in my workshop for a "check up."
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

John Shortridge Flemish Double

Pictured is a Flemish double by John Shortridge [undated, circa 1975] which recently underwent a complete restoration in my workshop. Originally a non-transposing instrument, it has been converted to a 415/440 transposing instrument. Voiced in white Delrin, it features a full soundboard painting by the well known Sheridan Germann.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Broadwood square piano

Plain view of the instrument with the keyboard, action, dampers and strings removed, and a closeup up the unrestored soundboard.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Broadwood square piano

Slated for restoration, John Broadwood & Sons, 1819.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sutherland Italian

Pictured is an Italian by David Sutherland, in my workshop for a "checkup." (Click on images to enlarge.)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Flemish Single, Thomas Pixton

Pictured is a beautiful Flemish Single by Thomas Pixton, maker's number 13, 1981, Boston, GG-e''', 415/440. Restored January, 2013, in my workshop. (Click on images to enlarge.)