Bechstein B, dismantling

While dismantling the B, I took a few photos to record some features.
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The over condition: the olive-green Bechstein stringing underfelt is very faded, and the gilding of the iron-frame has oxidised. The bronze powder used in gilding oxidises eventually with shellac as the medium. We use the same gilding powder with modern finishes now. Compare the same piano refinished at
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The soundboard finish is as patchy as the frame. Open in another tab to see the new look.
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Just a record of the felt-listing for when I restring the piano.
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The string hitch pins with their faded green underfelt washers.
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The old style turned legs. They don't make them like that any more.
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A shot of the exposed tuning pin block, where the shellac-based finish is breading up, resulting in a freckled appearance. No functional problem, but repolishing is required. Because the repolishing is done with the pins removed, modern spraying techniques can't used, the pin-block needs to be repolished in the traditional way.
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The bridge capping was not finished or sealed in the Bechstein factory. They must have thought that the hardwood was durable au naturel.
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A record of the stringing pillow ...
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... the felt overhang
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... and from underneath. Instead of drawing a little diagram and a note, it's easier to take a photo.
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A record of the decal, I hope I can get a new one identical with it.
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A record of the dismantling of the Bechstein B, before it went to the polishers.
For the restoration process, please see


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