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Hi! I want to get my 1915 Stulzt Bros upright piano tuned, but the plate is craked between the tuning pins. Should I be worried to get it tuned? Should I repair it?

What should I do about it?

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Those cracks are not structural, so you should not worry about them. There are more important problems with a 106 year old piano, like the irregular hammers, but repairs do not make economic sense. You could get it tuned, and see what it is like, or just replace it with something in better condition.


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Originally Posted by BDB
Those cracks are not structural
Thanks! How can you tell the cracks are not structural?

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That crack runs down past the tuning pins. I zoomed in to where the strings actually touch the plate, and it appears the plate has shifted downward slightly on the right side of the crack (or up on the left side). How does it sound? Is it horrendously out of tune? It may be that it has cracked as much as it's going to. But, if I were called to tune this, most likely I would not tune it. If you do call someone to tune it, make sure you mention the cracked plate before setting an appointment.


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Below the bearing bar, the paint has been touched up (quite badly), which suggests the crack happened, the piano was "repaired" and re-strung, then the crack continued above the bearing bar after stringing. That points at the frame still being on the move. I wouldn't tune this frown


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I can clearly see the crack under the strings as well there. This is a serious problem, I'm think.

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Originally Posted by Adypiano
Below the bearing bar, the paint has been touched up (quite badly), which suggests the crack happened, the piano was "repaired" and re-strung, then the crack continued above the bearing bar after stringing. That points at the frame still being on the move. I wouldn't tune this frown

Maybe it wasn't in fact re-strung, and the "repair" was an amateur with epoxy or something, hoping for the best, and re-touching the paint with a little brush between the strings.

I would think this piano is at the end of its useful life.....

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The bearing bar, including the screw heads, appears to have been painted with the same gold paint as the plate crack.

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Originally Posted by David Boyce
The bearing bar, including the screw heads, appears to have been painted with the same gold paint as the plate crack.

And there seems to be a crack in the bearing bar itself as well.

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Yes, and as has been pointed out, the shift in position between the two sides of the crack is clearly visible there.


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