This instrument was made circa 1785, very likely by Karl Benedict. Having undergone a previous restoration, I have remedied some errors made by a well meaning but poorly informed technician. The beak leather, prell springs, prell hinges, and a few poorly spliced hammer shanks have been replaced, and the hammer line has been corrected.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Monday, August 4, 2014
This instrument has undergone a previous restoration of very poor quality. The keyframe cloth was replaced with the wrong type of cloth, as were the keylever jack cushions, and it was strung in steel. Additionally, the soundboard appears to have been re-coated with a heavy varnish. Fortunately, most of its original components are present and intact, and the previous work done to it should be fairly easily corrected.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
This instrument arrived in my workshop in tough shape. Many strings had been replaced, and the voicing and damping was uneven. After a complete restringing, new voicing in white Delrin, and thorough action regulation, it has been transformed into an instrument which I will be sad to have to part with. This instrument belongs to the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
This instrument was made by John R. Bennett and Jake Kaeser in Stonington, CT., 1979.
It has been restrung in Malcolm Rose English iron and brass, and the hammers have been re-leathered.
Additionally, the escapement lever cushions were removed and replaced, substantially reducing the sound of the lever's return to rest position. The damper system also required a complete overhaul, and the action has been meticulously restored and regulated.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
This instrument arrived in my workshop in unplayable condition. The lead weights in the rear of the key levers had expanded to the point where the keys were binding together. Not a single key was functioning. Additionally, the old style Hubbard jacks were badly warped, and the strings were badly rusted.
It has been restrung, and the jacks and registers have been replaced with wooden jacks furnished by Jake Kaeser.
Originally an FF-g''' non-transposing instrument, it has been converted to an FF-f''' 415/440 transposing instrument.
Pictured are the keyboards prior to restoration, and a view of the restored instrument.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
This is one of the most beautiful instruments I have ever restored. The bridge & nut pins are perfectly spaced, the jacks function flawlessly, and the keyboards are perfectly cut and balanced. A perfectly made instrument. Restrung, voiced in white Delrin, for a private party. (Click on images to enlarge.)
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
1819 Broadwood & Sons square piano: Excerpt from Clementi Sonatina in C major, op. 36, no. 3; Dale Munschy
Monday, June 17, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Pictured is a Flemish double by John Shortridge [undated, circa 1975] which recently underwent a complete restoration in my workshop. Originally a non-transposing instrument, it has been converted to a 415/440 transposing instrument. Voiced in white Delrin, it features a full soundboard painting by the well known Sheridan Germann.
(Click on images to enlarge.)