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We've added a second feature article to the Fall 2021 issue of Piano Buyer: Piano Finishes and Finish Repair. This article was created from interviews with two experts on the subject: Sally Phillips and Gregory Cheng. It explains the difference between refinishing and finish repair (or touch-up), the different types of finishes used on pianos, and the most common types of finish damage and how their repairs are approached.

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Yes very detailed covering new and older pianos.


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So cool. Thank you!


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Excellent informative article. Thank you so much!


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Thanks! I always thought my 1920s piano had a Shellac / French Polish finish, and I never understood why they bothered with a burl walnut veneer only to stain it so dark that it could hardly be seen. It turns out:
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Varnish, used from the 1860s to the 1920s, ..... tended to darken with age and exposure to sunlight, producing a crazed or “alligatored” look.
So it's varnish, and it wouldn't have originally been as dark as it is now. shocked
I also recognise the crazed/alligatored look, which I assumed was the veneer cracking, though this theory never made sense based on the sheltered parts of the piano where the crazing is present.

Here is another Marshall & Rose from the same era as mine. I saw it up for sale recently (it only fetched NZ$700, despite the pianola having been restored at some point), and I was interested in the cabinet finish. It looks like the wood has been stripped except for within the inlaid brass fallboard logo, where the darkened varnish remains.
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