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ANTIQUE FURNITURE RESTORATION DISCUSSION BOARD

Re: Antique Steinway

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-108.rconnect.com)
Date: 12/12/2 03:20

In Response To: Re: Antique Steinway (Jim Cole)

Avoid stripping the sound board if at all possible. The acustics can be permently damaged by sanding and improper finishing. Don't disturb the graphite surface where the strings ride, and if you choose to remove the iron frame do not shift remove or rotate the bolts that secure the iron frame. The position has been professionally aligned and it is not likely you can improve or repeat this setting for the iron frame. The material inside the rim is glued and steam bent and is held together with hide glue, do not use water or water rinse stripper on that area. Try to avoid water base stains on any piano especially fine old pianos. Do not leave the bare wood exposed for long as important moisture will vacate the wood, try to keep room moisture above 30% and below 40%. Use the best shellac you can buy, you want this to last as long as possible. Shellac has a track record of lasting well over a hundred years in good condition. Modern finishes, poly and other urea type finishes are known to be effective finishes for only fifty to seventy five years. Keep ALL pianos out of direct sun light at all times!

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