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refinishing an antique piano

Posted by Lauren on November 13th, 1999 01:41 AM

Hi !
I have inherited my great grandfathers 75 year old upright piano. it needs some work as far as tuning etc. But I am intrested in refinishing it myself. The outward apperance is that of dark rough bubbly look, from the varnish over time, but underneath and on the inside where you can see the actual original finish it is gorgeous! wonderful cherry finish thats almost maple color mix..odd color. anyways I am wondering is it possible to remove the varnish outer layer and save the original coloring somehow? and if anyone has experience in refinishing pianos, and knows if this is a task better left to the piano restorers?

any help would be appreciated..and Just for a long shot question here..any info or knowledge anyone may have to share on finding out info on a particular piano maker id love it! I know the maker and the date the piano was manufactured, but cant seem to find any info on it anywhere..have been searching via the web.

Thanks again in advance for any help anyone can offer.


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