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pict Restringing antique upright grand piano (49) RE: Restringing antique upright grand piano 07 May 02

I honestly think from the description you've given that it would be more expensive than it is worth to restore it to proper playing condition again even if the pinblock isn't shot which in a piano of that age is highly probable there are so many parts that inevitably will either have perished or be very close to it.Personally if I saw a piano with a veneered soundboard I wouldn't even consider it a solid spruce soundboard gives a far better tone than a laminated one and all quality pianos(Bösendorfer,Steinway,Bechstein etc) have solid spruce soundboards,some of these old uprights are beautiful pieces of furniture but that is really all they are good for.To purchase quality tonewoods for a piano is an expensive business,to have them assembled into a piano is very skilled work and to do it yourself is an awful lot to take on,even a full set of strings are extremely expensive my advice would be if you want a good playable instrument is buy the piano book by Larry Fine,try a lot of pianos,and then buy from a reputable dealer who will guide you to the best possible piano you can afford.I myself spent about two years researching pianos and two years searching before I finally bought my piano,in that period I tried several beautiful looking old instruments some of which had interesting tones but they just weren't worth the risk or expense of restoration when a plainer but better playing and sounding newer instrument could be had for the same money or less than rebuilding an old piano.Enjoy your old piano for it's aesthetic value but if you want a good playing instrument buy a new or newer piano from a reputable,knowledgeable,established,dealer.

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