A Victorian house is not complete without a piano. I managaged to acquire a 1899 German Bechstein that was in need of some cosmetic repair. Latterly it had been owned by a local school but had sustained some damage around its base. Mechanically it was in excellent order and had been restrung and the hammers refelted within the last 20 years.


This is the piano when I first got it. The cabinet has a rio rosewood veneer. You can see damage and missing veneer around the legs and feet.

There is very fine marquetry work on the desk panel. The music stand attached to the lid is not original and will be replaced with an old fold-out type.

A good piano has about 70 identifiable parts associated with every key! This one has 85 keys making almost 6000 parts. After 105 years everything is still in perfect working order. This is a remarkable piece of engineering.

The pedal board, feet and legs were dismantled and the veneer was replaced or repaired where possible.

There were impacts on the corner cheeks of the keyboard that required patching with matching veneer.

The veneer on the front of the pedal board was badly damaged so this complete section was replaced with the correct rio rosewood veneer. It was glued and firmly clamped. Good sections of the veneer that were removed from the front of this pedal board were used for small patches elsewhere.

The feet have been repaired and refitted. The pedal board has been veneered ready for trimming and finishing.

New heavy duty castors with rubber tyres are fitted and the new veneer is treated with a few coats of tung oil. The piano is now ready to be put on her feet and tuned.

An old fold-out music stand is refitted. A second hand piano stools and metronome complete phase one of the piano project. I would like to completely strip and refinish the piano but that can perhaps wait twenty years for when I retire!