Steinway & Sons #150-Atlanta, Georgia (Teardown)

So now that I am underway on this project it’s time to get deep into disassembly.  I’ll start with the plate followed by the case since Bob has the action and string well in hand.

Take a look at this video of my process of marking screw location and locating the plate before removal.

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Plate Indexing Video

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Looks like a little doggie may have come in contact with each of the castors. They are rusted pretty bad. These will be chunked and replaced with new nickel castors.

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These pedals have had a hard time at it as well. I will have these nickel plated just like the example you see in the last picture. That replated set belongs to a Steinway Model A that I am restoring.

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Almost all the screws are rusted fast to the lyre plate. I fear they will break if I go at it full steam so I am going to put some penetrating lube on them and work on some other stuff then come back so that I may be able to save them.

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Definitely the original finish you’re seeing here. I just love restoring pianos that have not been restored before!

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The last 2 pictures show incomplete paint removal.

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Last screw in lyre, whew, that was tough! It had to sit overnight with the lubricant and I still needed the impact to break it loose. When it finally started to move I was sure that I had broken that last screw. Several screws needed the impact to remove!

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In the above 2 pictures you see the music rack slides. These are really good until you have to pull the plate because what can happen is they break when trying to remove. The one on the bass end of the piano has already been broken at some point in the past. I’ll need to remove these in order to remove the plate safely.

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Got both of them out without further breaking so that’s a win!

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A few shots of the pinblock and bridges after plate was removed. A good block, board, and bridges are are great foundation for a great sounding piano!

Plate Removal Video

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