Rare old grand piano from Britian.
You can see that someone has attempted to start refinishing this one.
Has some nice detail features to the cabinet work.
Refinished rather badly at some point.
Chinese rosewood,also called ink spot rosewood. A lot of this wood came to Britain during the opium wars 1839-42 and then 1856-60.
Could be a nice cabinet colour. Sorry about the focus, incorrect setting on the camera.
When I got there to very first time to tune this one, she handed me this T-bar. When I asked what this was for she said “well you want to tune this one don't you?”
And here is a piano without a pin block! The tuning hammer came with the instrument new. There is a little slot attached to the inside of the cabinet where this lever stays when not in use.
The tuning lever adjusts the hexagonal nut for tuning. As you can see, someone who is not familiar with this type of stringing has attempted to replace a couple of wires here. The results are rather obvious.
A good overview showing the extra plate bar for this type of construction. The tuning pins are hollow and the string goes up the middle and attaches underneath the brass cap. Because this instrument is straight strung this allows each string to be a perfect straight line.
Single loop stringing with German coils. Note also the metal bridgework drilled into the wooden bridge. You can see the string work completed with only one and a half coils instead of the three some claim is necessary.
As you can see this instrument does need some care and attention. Damper set not functioning well.
The bass bridge. All the strings have this metal bridge replacement. Note also the condition of the sounding board.
Straight strung 7'
Very unusual bench with this one. I am of the opinion the bench is worth money but not in relation to this instrument. I have seen this elephant pattern and have heard that it is valuable.
Direct blow action assembly.