Toronto Piano Tuning

by Jamie Musselwhite

Toronto Piano Tuning

by James Musselwhite

Rebuilding the "ProPiano"

This piano was well-used in a Richmond Hill High School for many years, but due to wear, abuse, and a bit of accidental vandalism, it needed more repair than the school could afford. However, it was a Heintzman, and I couldn't stand to see a Heintzman go un-repaired. So, I bought a used Mason & Risch Grand in good shape, and made a trade. They got a good grand that doesn't need rebuilding, and I got the foundation of a truly fine instrument. 

This piano was well-used in a Richmond Hill High School for many years, but due to wear, abuse, and a bit of accidental vandalism, it needed more repair than the school could afford. However, it was a Heintzman, and I couldn't stand to see a Heintzman go un-repaired. So, I bought a used Mason & Risch Grand in good shape, and made a trade. They got a good grand that doesn't need rebuilding, and I got the foundation of a truly fine instrument. 

The piano arriving in the shop.

The piano arriving in the shop.

Stripped and prepped for refinishing, every patch of pink on the case is damage to the case that has been filled. Because the case was so damaged, I decided to (to quote The Stones) Paint It Black. You can also see the work being done on the bridges (the curved pieces of wood on the soundboard).

Stripped and prepped for refinishing, every patch of pink on the case is damage to the case that has been filled. Because the case was so damaged, I decided to (to quote The Stones) Paint It Black.

You can also see the work being done on the bridges (the curved pieces of wood on the soundboard).

The soundboard freshly rebuilt and refinished.

The soundboard freshly rebuilt and refinished.

The newly re-gilt plate installed.

The newly re-gilt plate installed.

Stringing the piano.

Stringing the piano.

The action in original condition.

The action in original condition.

The keys after cleaning. The sharps have been removed in preparation to be replaced.

The keys after cleaning. The sharps have been removed in preparation to be replaced.

The action frame was also cleaned.

The action frame was also cleaned.

The action stack before rebuilding.

The action stack before rebuilding.

The whippens before rebuilding. 

The whippens before rebuilding. 

The rebuilt whippens and action frame.

The rebuilt whippens and action frame.

The new sharps installed.

The new sharps installed.

Installing the new shanks and hammers.

Installing the new shanks and hammers.

Click the image above to compare before and after pictures!

All done!

All done!