LEWIS FAMILY PIANO GIFT
We are at DC Piano Company in Berkeley looking for a pair of Yamaha U3s. Natsuki playing while Monica and Sonia lend ears.
Sonia giving it a go with Monica listening.
This went on for almost two hours as we narrowed down 12 candidate pianos to the two we selected. Turn up Volume
Here they are sitting next to the pianos they are replacing in Buck Hall Rooms 100 & 123.
Sonia at the controls of a brand new Yamaha C3 at the Music Exchange in Sacramento.
Natsuki giving the same piano a try.
Even the piano tuner took a swing. Cmaj is my friend!
The pros setting it up.
Voila ! !
Sitting next to the piano it's replacing in the Choral Rehearsal Hall.
1958 Steinway Model D Concert Grand Restoration
Restoration work has begun on the Conservatory concert grand. The plan is to have it on stage before we break for Christmas. Here's how it's going to date:
Piano set up in Buck Hall as final assessment of its current condition is performed prior to breakdown.
Removing the dampers.
Measuring down bearing on the treble bridge.
Bass strings removed. The piano has just under 300 tuning pins that have to be removed.
This is the most physically demanding task the restoration will require. The 2.5lb mallet in the right top corner is used to break the strings at the tuning pin. The 1/2 horse power drill is then used to unscrew the pins from the pin block.
Rolling the D out to the mover's truck.
Setting it up at the case refinisher's shop in Sonora, CA.
All the repairs the case required are complete. The sealer has been applied, next up the first coat of lacquer.
Here's the lid set up in the spray booth.
Lid in the spray booth with one of the three legs behind it.
Here's a better image of the leg in the spray booth. Doesn't seem like much to see until you compare it to its condition when it arrived back in July (see next image).
Grant Hillemeyer, our refinisher, is very talented. All three legs were in this condition originally.
The piano is about 6 weeks away from refinishing completion. The lacquer coats are coming next. I will have the action rebuilt by the time the piano is delivered. It will then get restrung and the action regulated. That will take 30 days or so. I'm hoping to have the piano back on Faye Spanos Concert Hall stage in early December.