Over the course of my piano career, I've been over-zealous in my acquisition of pianos! Listed here are the rebuildable vintage pianos I have in inventory. My intention has been to rebuild each of these to the height of their potential. Realistically though, given their number and my age, it may not be possible.
I list them here because there may be a piano technician of fewer years and more energy who would want to own one or more of these pianos. I am not interested in offering these for retail sale, unless it also includes the completion of a full rebuild project.
For sale to a piano technician as-is, prices would vary from several hundred to multiple thousands of dollars. Let me know of any interest.
I know that I will complete pianos #1, #2, and #4. All are listed in the order I expect to restore them, unless their destiny changes.
1. Leonard Upright #137178 (1927)
This quality upright has been restrung and action parts have been restored, including new Renner hammers. This piano awaits case refinishing, and the result should be stunning with its book-matched mahogany veneers. I expect to have this piano complete in early 2023.
2. Mid Century Upright (Unknown Maker: "Thomas")
This nice little console piano was acquired as a "labratory" or training piano. My trainee, JD Kohler
, did good work on this piano, including a complete restringing. She also installed new hammers and dampers. I took the oportunity to experiment with pinblock inserts prior to restringing. I also re-scaled the stringing, placing wound strings in the tenor section for a smoother transition across the break. This piano should be refinished and available for purchase as a completed project in 2023.
3. Steinway Console 40" #323555
Reconditioning work has included new keytops, new hammers, and regulation. To acheive it's full potential this piano should be refinished and restrung.
4. Charles Stieff 6'3" Grand #28334 (1911)
This piano started my career as a piano technician. It has been a significant learning platform for me. I expect it to become my "Magnum Opus." I will not be selling it, but expect it to live in my living room for many years. The picture here shows the refinishing done for me by Heritage Restorations.
5. Steinway Model O #135726 (1909)
This is the piano I play every day. When I acquired it, it was unplayable due its age and vertigris in the action parts. It was restrung sometime in the past. I installed new hammers, shanks, and wippens, so it is a fine piano to play. Rick Baldassin and company did the premium keyboard restoration. To reach its full potential it needs a new soundboard and refinishing.
6. Chickering & Sons Model 112B Upright (1902)
This is the second piano I purchased as a young adult in 1976 (when it was a mere 74 years old). The move from Washington to Utah and the intervening years were not kind to the instrument. With pin block treatment, it is tunable, but it really needs a new pinblock and soundboard. Since I've dragged this beast through six moves, it seems that it is firmly attached. But if someone else wants to give it loving care, talk to me!
7. Steinway Model O #117260 (1905)
All original. Unplayable. Action centers have a serious case of vertigris. But, you know, it's Steinway.
8. Charles Stieff 6'3" Grand (Pre 1920)
All original. Yes. Another Charles Stieff. Currently tunable and playable. But it deserves so much more.
9. Knabe 6'4" Grand (1950?)
This poor piano survived life in a school. It has lots of life left. It's just extremely ugly right now. The lid was trashed. I built a new lid for it and went on to other shiny objects.
10. Steinway Upright #113162 (1904)
Unplayable. Vertigris has arrested the action. But, you know, it's a Steinway.
11. Steinway Upright Model V #181349 (1917)
This photo is not #181349, but indicative of the model. This piano has a mahogany case that is really rough. Yeah, the piano needs everything. But, you know, it's a Steinway.