Named Cyril by its previous owner’s family this Knabe has been cherished all of its life. I picked this piano up in New York City a few months back. After talking with the original owner and promising her I would find it a good home I have finally followed through on my promise. The daughter of the original purchaser was named Cyril thus the family named his beloved piano the same name. Cyril was a jazz musician in NYC in the 1920s and 1930s and used this piano as a practice instrument and to write music with. I ended up with the piano because the previous owner was moving into a smaller place and could not take the piano with her.
This piano will end up in North Carolina and it is scheduled to be an integral piece of a celebration in early October 2013. I am looking forward to making this piano look and sound like a knockout for this event!
Follow along as I completely dismantle this piano and reassemble it as a virtually new instrument in a matter of weeks. I will post
updates as I go through the restoration of this piano. Below you will find some video of it being played as well as broken down. If time permits I plan to record it being played again to show vast difference of pre/post restoration.
Today we removed the bass strings and hammer samples to send off for duplication. Below you will find two short videos showing the process.
Have the case stripped, soundboard scraped and now applying sealer.