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My piano leaves tomorrow. . .
#3014187 08/15/20 11:17 AM
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. . . but not forever!

My little 1920s Chickering Quarter Grand is being picked up by the piano restorer! I've finally found myself in a place where I can have the work done. It's getting a new pinblock, interior refinishing (the exterior is in great shape and I don't actually want it to look like a new piano. It's earned it's few blemishes.), all new strings and felts and dampers and things I don’t quite understand within the action parts.

The restorer said to expect a timeframe of 3-4 months. It's gonna be a long wait, but so exciting!!


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JeanieA #3014208 08/15/20 11:52 AM
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Wow! How exciting!!!!!


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It will sound great once finished and is worth the wait. You will be surprised how much new strings will breathe life back into your piano.

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Congratulations on your Chickering rebuild adventure! Hope it turns out better than you expected!

All the best!

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Exciting, indeed! Best wishes for a great rebuild!

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Very Exciting! Well worth the wait!


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I love to share photos along the process with my clients while we do the work of restoration. If this is something your technician feels comfortable sharing with you, share them with us, too. thumb


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Rich Galassini #3014280 08/15/20 03:15 PM
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Rich, I will do so. I'm taking my "before" photos here shortly. I feel weird that I'm so worried about it being away, but figure if there is any group of people who would understand the trepidation, it would be this group!! đŸ˜‰


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Originally Posted by JeanieA
. . . but not forever!

My little 1920s Chickering Quarter Grand is being picked up by the piano restorer!

The restorer said to expect a timeframe of 3-4 months. It's gonna be a long wait, but so exciting!!

I'm happy to join the others in congratulating you on this major step for your piano! Yes, it's going to be a long 3-4 months, but well worth it.

As Rich suggested, I hope you can obtain photos to share.

Here's a story about another Chickering quarter grand going through restoration, which is for sale:
https://antiquepianoshop.com/product/chickering-sons-classic-quarter-grand-piano/


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Sounds like an exciting project! As others have suggested, please keep us informed. smile



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Rich, I will do so. I'm taking my "before" photos here shortly. I feel weird that I'm so worried about it being away, but figure if there is any group of people who would understand the trepidation, it would be this group!! đŸ˜‰

Absolutely. Of all the items I own, my piano holds the most sentimental value, and it is the item I would be the saddest about if it was damaged. I'm sure your baby is in good hands and will come back good as new. Good luck and congratulations!


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All of us here understand your trepidation, but I cannot imagine a piano restorer who does not love pianos as much as we all do. What an exciting opportunity!


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