All Rights Reserved. What is veneer? I have clients approach me asking, “Is my antique double tree antique piano worth restoration? A dozen ordinary cracks, even if they extended from antique double tree end Antique Artistic Nude to end of the soundboard, might have about as much effect, certainly no more. You may also get a general idea of the age and type of instrument you have by comparing it to the photos and dates listed on the page on this website. Restoration and preservation is an investment. Almost antique double tree any piano with a little age on it will likely have soundboard issues which can be corrected and repaired properly. EFFECT OF CRACKS AND CHECKS For this very reason a crack or check in a soundboard reduces the soundboard’s ability to amplify the vibrations of the strings only to the extent to which the crack reduces the vibrating area of the board. Restoration antique double tree and preservation of an heirloom instrument is generally considered a wise investment. If the manufacturer’s label is missing antique double tree from the keyboard cover, it will likely be found inside the instrument on the harp or soundboard. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GRAND PIANO AND A BABY GRAND PIANO?
They were subject to severe heat and cold and were often placed near Antique French Mahogany Vitrine wood stoves in the winter and and open windows in the summer. Fashion of that era consisted of anything from hoop skirts to bustles and corsets, long flowing skirts and heavy tapestry. Write(‘ Top Bar Search: Antique Piano Shop Dedicated to the Restoration of Antique Instruments FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS “KNOWLEDGE IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION” FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS HOW OLD IS MY PIANO OR ORGAN? Much of this prejudice comes from the fact that many in the piano industry have little (if antique double tree any) experience with antique instruments and they are afraid of what they do not understand. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PIANO OR ORGAN KEYS ARE REAL IVORY? FACTS LITTLE UNDERSTOOD It is strange but true that these simple facts about the effect of the strings upon the soundboard and about the soundboard’s responses to the strings, are still very little understood. If your keys have cigarette burns, you most certainly have celluloid keys, not ivory. Write(”); newWindow. Pristinely restored, fully functional instruments sell for top dollar in the real market while original, unrestored instruments antique double tree simply do not. By the ‘teens and early ‘twenties, antique double tree most instruments were sold with benches than stools. Veneer is cut against the grain of the tree much like a pencil sharpener shaves a pencil, ultimately producing the beautifully detailed wood grain found on most fine furniture. However, there are also those who love and cherish these heirloom instruments and those who are passionate about restoring and preserving Antique German Bisque Porcelain Goebel Lady Woman them for future generations. Antique ivory is still available from donor instruments which allows for the restoration of original ivory keyboards. Appraisals are generally done in person Large Antique 1800s Signed Kpm Schneider by a qualified appraiser, and a valid appraisal will cost money. Most manufacturers suggest that pianos be tuned every antique double tree six months at the change of seasons. In the early antique double tree 20th century and before, there was no real recognition of “standard pitch. The more stable the environment, the longer your piano antique double tree will give good service. I have played Chopin and Schumann on restored 19th Century upright and grand pianos, antique double tree the same instruments these masters would have played, and the power and warmth was incredibly moving. The reality is that nearly all heirloom instruments have cracks and separations in their soundboards they were designed this way so that the soundboards could move and adapt to changes in heat and humidity. Cracked soundboards are antique double tree commonly encountered. It takes little effort to convince the average person that a crack in the soundboard means an instrument is ruined and worthless so this 4 Chinese Old Antique particular tactic has been immensely antique double tree successful in selling new pianos. Rusting and ruining due to neglect, you wouldn’t expect this old car to fetch a very high price in unusable condition. These tiny but intensely complex motions, originating at An Antique Allover Persian the strings, are transmitted to the large body of air surrounding the front and back surfaces of the soundboard, thereby setting up powerful sound waves which immediately register on the eardrums of all within hearing. Heirloom pianos & organs are not like most antiques. Over the past decade, we have seen the value of antique pianos and organs nearly double across the board. Most 19th antique double tree Century instruments had stools, not benches. “I was told that I should just antique double tree buy a new piano” Sadly, the “cracked soundboard” ploy has generated countless dollars for unscrupulous piano technicians over the years that use it as a scare tactic for financial gain. The term “restored” refers to professional interior and exterior restoration and rebuilding, not just cabinet refinishing and antique double tree internal cleaning. How many home renovation or “house-flipping” shows have you seen on antique double tree TV lately? It is generally safe antique double tree to place your piano on an outside wall in a well insulated home. With the flood of disposable cheap import pianos in today’s market and the exorbitantly high prices of quality antique double tree new pianos, restoration and preservataion often makes more sense than buying new. As long as your piano isn’t exposed to moving air, heat or humidity, a well-sealed outside wall should be safe for your piano. Ivory and ebony have antique double tree been the materials of choice on instrument keyboards for centuries.
While we do offer general value information to antique double tree the general public, we do not offer formal appraisal services for antique instruments we have not restored in our restoration shop. Pianos built today require excessive climate control and delicate handling for fear they will go out of tune. IS IT TRUE THAT REFINISHING MY ANTIQUE PIANO OR ORGAN WILL RUIN ITS VALUE? Manufacturers would often label their full-size upright pianos with names like “Upright Grand”, “Cabinet Grand,” and “Concert Grand Upright” among others. It is important, however, to realize that 100-year-old strings and felts will have to be restored and replaced in order for the piano to be expected to hold tune. Benches antique double tree did not become popular until the 20th Century. Being a professional pianist is antique double tree what got me so involved with piano restoration and preservation. How can be antique double tree that an instrument that cost hundreds of dollars a century ago (the cost of a small house) be worthless today?
We do not deal with antique double tree spinet & console style pianos. ” WHAT antique double tree DOES THAT MEAN? Veneer is a thin slice of wood glued over the top of a solid piece of wood, usually applied in multiple layers with each layer of woodgrain going in different directions. We generally consider an heirloom antique double tree instrument to be an antique if it was built prior to the Great Depression (circa 1930). The article listed below will give you real antique double tree and accurate information about piano soundboards. The head of the key is the part that sticks out in front of the black keys, and the tail is the thinner part of the key that is between the black keys. DID YOU KNOW – Although our restoration shop is located in Tennessee, we antique double tree do more work for clients in California, Texas and New York than any other states! ” Unfortunately, celluloid is very flammable and the slightest cigarette antique double tree ash will burn an unsightly hole completely through the key top. We are glad to consider antique double tree reasonable offers on our instruments, but we do ask that these be serious inquiries only. It would have been impossible for the Victorian lady to antique double tree sit on a bench without seriously compromising her modesty. It is rare antique double tree that we encounter those who take much middle-ground on the subject. In fact, many antique pianos are built so much heavier and more durable than delicate new pianos that they can often take antique double tree the extra stress of the tighter strings better than new pianos! Note: Most of this “old growth” wood antique double Antique Persian Malayer tree has been harvested and is no longer commercially available with few exceptions and at a very high cost. During the 19th and early 20th Centuries, piano manufacturers were shipping instruments all over the world. These heirloom instruments were placed in homes without insulation and were exposed to extremes in temperature. While it antique double tree is true that some very old and historical furniture is worth more with the original finish intact, these historical furniture pieces were generally finished with shellac or French Polish finishes that stay beautiful for centuries if well cared for. Here we have considered the effect of an enormously big crack. Most people assume that their heirloom instrument has always looked dark and dull without realizing that there is often rare and beautiful wood hidden underneath the old darkened and deteriorated finish! People who antique double tree love and appreciate their heirloom instruments are the people who create the very real market for these instruments. Many people think that all their piano is needs is a simple “tune up” in order to be worth top dollar, not realizing that a simple service call cannot undo antique double tree a century of abuse and neglect. Therefore, a 5-foot-long baby grand piano has the string length of a 48-inch console piano, and a 58 upright has the string length of a antique double tree full grand piano nearly 6 feet long!
These trees were growing when the United States and Canada were Native American antique double tree hunting grounds! It’s true that an outside wall was not the best choice for a piano 100 years ago when houses had little or no insulation.
Most people let their piano go a year or two without being tuned, claiming it sounds just fine, while others swear by the six-month rule. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY ANTIQUE PIANO OR ORGAN ORIGINALLY CAME WITH A STOOL OR A BENCH? I approach these vintage instruments from a pianist’s point of view first, and from a technical point of view second. Others think that because Grandma painted the family antique double tree piano or organ in the garage 25 years ago that the instrument is “restored” and worth a fortune not true! Genuine ivory antique double tree has the ability to absorb moisture and perspiration from the pianist’s fingers and has the uncanny ability to maintain relatively constant temperature with little fluctuation. It should be remembered, however, that it is the strings, and not the soundboard, that originate, by their vibratory motions after they have been struck, antique double tree the sound which the soundboard amplifies. ” Standard pitch means that a note on the scale sounds exactly the same antique double tree across the board with no variance whatsoever. Nothing could antique double tree be further than the truth! Since many pianos built prior to 1926 were not designed with the A-440 standard pitch in mind, many clients ask us if their antique piano can be tuned to today’s standard A-440. Upright pianos usually have the brand Antique French 101 Solid Oak Door With name and serial number located inside the piano, on the back near the top of the strings. We suggest you contact your local piano technican for information about them. This “old growth” wood is superior in every respect, especially as it relates to tone quality, yet the modern piano industry considers these vintage soundboards to be disposable and little consideration is given to tossing them aside and replacing them with soundboards made of new green wood. Automobiles are generally considered “classic cars” at 25 years old and “antique cars” at 50 years old. Refinishing an heirloom instrument is necessary in order to discover the hidden antique double tree figured-grain Honduran Mahogany or exotic Brazilian Rosewood underneath! The antique Antique Bohemian Green Color Glass Gilt Decor value of an heirloom instrument tends to increase over antique double tree time, making restoration and preservation a wise investment. Its length and breadth depend of course, upon the size of the instrument, while its thickness, antique double tree with some variations between one end and the other, averages one-quarter inch. This cross-lamination kept the solid wood from being prone antique double tree to shrinkage and warpage, and increased the strength of the overall cabinet. The pieces of sprucewood from which it is made are matched in such a way that antique double tree the grain runs roughly parallel to the line of the great bridges upon which the strings rest. Always avoid contact with direct sunlight, heat registers, fireplaces, radiators, air conditioning vents, etc. In the humid summer, the separation would close up and disappear as the moisture content of the wood increased. For example, if a baby grand piano is 5 feet long, at least 12 inches of that length is going to be the keyboard before the strings and soundboard begin. “It Antique Waltham Ladies Pocket Watch Solid 14k seems as if there are two basic mindsets in the piano industry: Those who value their heirloom Antique Style Brown Tufted Leather Rolling Adjustable pianos, and those who think they are junk. Second, veneer adds antique double tree substantial strength and stability against splitting, cracking and warping long term. Ivory and ebony continued to be antique double tree used in the piano industry until the 1960s’ period, although most piano manufacturers had abandoned ivory for synthetic plastics years before. Sure, there are lots of cheap new pianos available everywhere you look, but you need to consider the fact that they are generally antique double tree poor quality “throw away” pianos that won’t be here long term. With no way to control extreme environmental conditions 100+ years ago, these heirloom soundboards were brilliantly designed to move with the changes of the environment. Like a new car, a new piano will lose value over time. Despite their hostile environments, these heirloom instruments continued to faithfully perform their duty for a lifetime. Make An Offer Submit An Offer Thank you for your interest in this instrument. Unlike an antique table that sits dormant, an heirloom instrument is a complex piece of machinery that must function properly in order to serve it’s purpose. In the early 20th antique double tree century, as fashion trends changed and less restrictive garments like pants came into fashion, the piano bench began to become popular for its more utilitarian use. Note: While searching for your antique double tree brand name and serial number, you will likely find establishment dates and patent dates inside your instrument. Like automobiles, musical antique double tree instruments don’t generally adhere to the same classification rules as antique furniture. It is important to identify the brand name located inside the instrument on the soundboard or harp. Most antique pianos and organs are made of rare and exotic wood veneers over solid wood. In the late 19th Century, early plastics like celluloid started appearing as a lower cost alternative to genuine ivory.