Now that I've finally joined this forum I think it's time I explore the possibility of working on my 1915 Bennett upright piano. I explored this about two years ago, but I was pretty busy at the time and never got much further than a couple hours of phone conversations with somebody from Steve's Piano Service because I'm in college. With that, here's some info on the instrument and where I am today as a musician and non-technician:
- Pinblock is good, if I remember correctly
- Touch is very light but still MUCH better than a spinet and many uprights
- The action is mechanically sound but has some play and needs some new felt, etc.
- The vertical travel in each key has about 1/16" of play before it engages the action at all.
- I bought and started reading the Arthur Reblitz book
- I am NOT a piano technician...but I am also not new to the inner workings of pianos, harpsichords or organs
- I recently tuned a large hammer dulcimer for the first time. What a chore. I feel like the piano would be easier.
- I would like to remove the wound bass strings and clean them to rid them of the muddy sound.
- I do NOT want to restring this - too expensive!
- Bottom of instrument came detached around the pedal area. I got in there a couple months ago to adjust one of the pedals, disconnect another and place something in between the instrument and the floor.
- 80% of the naturals are chipped and need to be replaced. They are not ivory...I think it's an early ivory imitation. Plastic is fine, as I'm not a highly accomplished pianist and as such am not bothered by the plastic keys on a new 9' Estonia that I play, for example.
- Need to rehammer the hammers. Replacements would cost too much!
- Action needs new felt all over the place. I had the action out back two years ago and spent several hours going through it.
- I love the general tone of the instrument but hate the action.
- The casing is this laminate of sorts covering hardwood. I would have no clue how to refinish it (or if I want to - I kinda want a dirty, open piano!)
So this is what's on my mind right now. Photos will follow in the coming days. If I could put a few hundred bucks into improving the action and maybe the tone I would be one happy camper. Thoughts? Ultimately I would like to restore a very small baby grand someday...probably something like a Chickering or Mason & Hamlin...or maybe a Baldwin.
Last edited by RanK; 12/27/13 08:09 PM.