Lexi Cross, Steinway B, Dismantling

Over the years the original shellac based gilding has disintegrated exposing the black undercoat.
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The alto section - pretty much like the soprano.
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The tenor. See the Before and After photos.
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The bass.
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Detail of the tenor stringing pillow, taken to show the distance between the pillow and the brass agraffes, and the angle of the strings between them.
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The same section in the bass.
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A record of the amount of rust on the old strings. See the Before and After section.
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A record of the plate lettering detail. The cast letters are outlined or filled by hand at Steinway. If the owner wants, the detailing can be done any time, even after delivery.
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ditto
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More lettering detail.
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A record of the string listing pattern, as well as the plate lettering. There is no hard and fast rule about listing, but I like to keep a record and copy the original if it is attractive.
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The low tenor string listing in the back-length area.
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Same, also showing a rusty plate-bolt.
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Here you can see the damper levers, and the lead oxidisation. As the lead expands it splits the wood. I repaired all these. Next time I get one as corroded as this I will replace the levers with new ones.
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Another shot of the lead, after I had taken the damper
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The soundboard, showing the cracks. It is possible to get a new soundboard for about the same cost as a major repair. In this case the owner chose to recondition the original.
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Removing the tuning pins.
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Dismantling the pedal lyre.
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With the frame out. Note the long cracks in the soundboard. Several other cracks appeared after the old lacquer was scraped off.
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After cleaning the soundboard the cracks which had been concealed by dust were obvious.
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