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I'd posted here before for advice on a piano shell, and I found one!
speaking of which, anyone recommend a piano mover in the MD/PA area to help move this heavy *bleep*-er?

It hits the right marks. It's clean enough, modern-era enough to have 88 keys and three pedals too; has the carved rosewood I love; it's a larger grand so the work is justifiable.
The seller says it was worked on 10 years ago at received new strings at the least;
the price was very good, so it didn't really matter whether it actually was or wasn't-- I'm prepared to restring, replace a pinblock, whatever it turns out needing once I have a chance to look over in detail.

I'm doing this in large part to really learn to work on pianos smile But also have a good playable keeper when I'm all done. I've reached out to two local technicians with rebuilding expertise for help when it comes to the parts that cannot be fudged; I'm anticipating a couple years of hours on weekends to be realistic. Reblitz's book is arriving this week, for starters. I'm really excited! I'm going to start by learning to regulate action, and refinishing the case --that bit, I know how to do already. The refinishing bit. not the action-regulating bit. I just figure the action is more forgiving to start with-- once I start digging into the guts of the case it's game-on and I'll want to start and finish soundboard+bridge+pinblock+strings (if needed! may not be) within a finite scheduled period of a few months' time not have it laying about in pieces for years until I start losing parts.



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One of the shells I'd considered --not this one-- ended up being a dud: it had been extensively worked on by a flipper back in 1992, so the sellers were trying to get more money due to that. But when I had it looked at, all the work done was either partial or poor. E.g., keys recapped but sloppy enough I could tell from a photo. moniker reapplied but not authentic (right manufacturer's name, but wrong city haha). just part of the bridge recapped. Basically given the work that was visible was questionable, then the other covered work (pinblock, soundboard shimming) becomes suspect... and the sellers were pricing it like a restored piano despite the likely need to have it all done over again. I was advised to avoid it doubly so because the technician I'm talking with explained to me, rebuilding is to a huge extent patern matching the original parts: therefore if I'm re-restoring a bad restore it's a copy of a bad copy of the original.

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It's a handsome piano! thumb

Originally Posted by berninicaco3
anyone recommend a piano mover in the MD/PA area to help move this heavy *bleep*-er? .

I used Empire Piano Movers last month to move a 5'8" grand to my house last month, and at the same time moved my 5'2" grand to the basement. They did a great job and charged a pretty fair price (IMO). I'd be comfortable using them again, and/or referring them.


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Congratulations!

Wow, you're not afraid to tackle a monumental big project! I'm an avid tinkerer myself, and like a challenge, but I think you've got me beat!

If I were you, I'd tackle in innards first, and not worry too much about the case refinishing, unless that is really important to you. I've learned that when it comes to old things, that old patina look has an appeal (to an extent). The sound, feel and touch is what is most important on a piano, to me at least. But I also like an attractive looking piano.

And, you are right, I would imagine that piano is rather heavy. Make sure your floor system can support the weight. smile

Good luck, and keep us informed of your progress!

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Looks like a fun project!


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It is beautiful. To me, a player not a technician, it also looks like a whole bunch of work. Best Wishes!


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That music desk!!!! Lovely!!

I look forward to hearing about the project as it moves forward!!


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I think to the technicians here who know better than either of us, it probably looks like even MORE work than we're seeing hahaha

But yes, I'll start getting into it smile

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Originally Posted by berninicaco3
anyone recommend a piano mover in the MD/PA area to help move this heavy *bleep*-er? .

I used Empire Piano Movers last month to move a 5'8" grand to my house last month, and at the same time moved my 5'2" grand to the basement. They did a great job and charged a pretty fair price (IMO). I'd be comfortable using them again, and/or referring them.

PianoCraft delivered my Estonia L210 through Empire Piano Movers. They did a great job.

Also congratulations on the piano! I hope you enjoy it!

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Looking forward to photos of the process. There was a thread a year or two ago by someone who rebuilt a grand, I think they were in Thailand if I recall. It was amazing what they accomplished. Wish you the best in your adventure.


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