It's been a few months since I checked in. Earlier this year I was looking for a piano to play with jazz trios
in my home when I came across a worn 1954 Kawai K 750 on craigslist. Throwing caution and all due reason to the wind, I picked it up and had piano movers deliver it to Bidinger Piano Restoration.
This was the state of it in late March.The good
- It's a 7' 4" Kawai made in the lifetime of its founder, Koichi Kawai. (Sorry, I come from the strings world and we really get sentimental about old instruments)
- The case was in decent shape
- It still had original keys and only one was chipped.
- The soundboard was in good shape.
- While the outside had been routinely dusted, the interior was covered in a few decades worth of dust
- The una chorda pedal did not work
- The action was sticky and uneven
- The desk was somehow too narrow and would fall off the lips that hold it in place and scratched the harp.
- The action seemed to have acquired mold or discoloration at some point, but was not too warped.
- It was generally out of tune, and 3 or 4 notes were severely out of tune, indicating possible pin block issues. If I was really lucky, this could be solved without replacing the pinblock.
I was not lucky...
So, now that Frank had given it a once over, we knew the extent of the project.
The bigger stuff: new pin block, new strings, action work (rebush the keys, new damper felts, file the hammers, front and center rails, comprehensive damper and pedal regulation)
The little stuff: clean it up, lighten the keys, fix the piano desk, odds and ends
I knew this would take a while, which suited me just fine because we had to move into the new home and get the room ready.