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Michael Tyack's Steinway Model O

The piano as it arrived back from the polisher.
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The piano as it arrived back from the polisher.
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Another shot on the first day back.
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Still with the masking over the soundboard.
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The soundboard ready for refurbishing.
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The action with new hammers, shanks and wippens. The key-frames felts, balance and front felts have also been replaced.
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The action put back into the piano for keyboard levelling, needed after the replacement of the key-frame felts. This is a major part of regulation.
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Another shot of the keyboard levelling.
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Cleaning the frame, prior to regilding.
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Each brass agraffe needs to be masked before spraying.
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Another shot of the masked agraffes.
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Underneath the frame. The
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A crack in the soundboard has been shaped in the factory-approved manner, to take a shim made of identical spruce.
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The surrounding area is masked, and the shim is glued in place.
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 Repair? What repair?  After repolishing, this repair will be impossible to find.
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Applying the soundboard varnish.
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The varnish is brushed into the corners.
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... and between the bridges.
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When dry, the varnish is smoothed.
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Finally it is polished with a rubber and shellac.
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The frame has been sprayed. Now the frame-screws are being gilded.
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The bridge notches need cleaning. The soundboard is covered to prevent sawdust from entering the newly applied polish.
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Strings on the first section.
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The stringing is finished. The damper heads are now being fitted.
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There are 70 damper heads. Each one must be meticulously aligned to the strings.
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This gallery documents the progress of Michael Tyack's Model O Steinway.
 

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