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Our old piano is lovely walnut (1899 M&H). The underside of the lid is painted black. Would that be original? If so, do people normally strip and repaint black or leave it natural when refinishing the rest of the wood?

Also, the legs don't appear to be walnut but some inferior wood which is best painted to match the walnut. Bizarre. Any experience with those?

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It may have been that someone refinished the top of the lid and did not refinish the bottom. This might have happened if the top finish was damaged. Old piano finishes often turn dark with age, so that could leave you with a finish with the grain showing on top but not on the bottom of the lid.

I think you should get someone with experience to look at the piano and advise you.


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Who knows all that went on in 120 years?

It is very common to use poplar or even maple for the legs. Those finishers back then knew how to make it look like mahogany, walnut, rosewood, or whatever other wood desired. They were true masters of their trade. Hard to find peopke like that these days. They exist but are few and far between.

Kind of sounds like your piano got "refinished" somewhere along the line. BDB's suggestion to get an expert in there to look at it is a good one. Go for it.

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