Here are some pictures from a few of the square piano renovations we have carried out.
This Schoene & Vinsen was a beautifully made but damaged piano. There were numerous splits and cracks in the soundboard but this one could be saved.
A Broadwood, dating from 1818, as found in a garden shed.
The first step is to completely strip down the instrument taking careful notes, measurements and photos.
The state of the original soundboard is only hinted at in this picture - the visible hole would have been repairable but turned out to be the least of its problems.
Sadly, the original soundboard was too badly damaged for a practical repair and it has been replaced along with a new wrestplank, but carefully using the original tuning pins.
A 1821 model on its way to restoration