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Hello all, I am new to the forum and had a question about this piano. It is for sale somewhat close to my location. It looks like it's in rough shape and it is at a liquidator. Would anyone know whether these pianos were made of solid brazilian rosewood or whether it was a veneer? They are asking what I think is way too much for the shape but if it is solid brazilian rosewood it may be useful to salvage the wood. I have seen a few pianos built in that era, a little later actually, and geographical location that used rosewood veneer with what looked like a light hardwood, possibly oak as the structure. The cover/ lid looks like it may be solid from the pictures. Any suggestions or comments are more than welcome.

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My square piano, probably from the 1870's, has rosewood veneer, about 3/32nds thick. You can see the layers clearly at the back edge of the lid and the front edge when the key cover is folded back, as in your first picture.

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They were usually veneered. And the reason is, a plywood structure is more stable than solid wood. In my opinion that is a very valuable piano for study or save, because JB Dunham was an awesome inventor. The wood for the soundboard was treated by a process invented by Dunham, which today is called Torrified wood. Although judging by all the cracks in the soundboard, didn't fair so well. He holds a patent that was filed for the process.

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Most definitely veneer.


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Not only that, the grain on the legs may be fake.


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