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54" Kingsbury Upright #228640 (1920)
 
 
54" Kingsbury Upright #228640 (1920)
Traditional Mahogany Cabinet. Action reconditioned, completely regulated, and tuned for the owner in Rice, MN, in January-February, 2020.
IMPROVEMENTS:
Recondition ActionóTighten screws, repair or replace defective parts, reshape hammers.
Complete Cleaning--Clean strings, pressure bar, keybed, keypins, pedal mechanisms.
Complete Regulationó
All adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new, tune to pitch of C5 (a bit flat)
1 - Remove dampers & rails aside, put aside

1 - Remove dampers & rails aside, put aside

2 - Repair or replace broken hammer shanks & butts

2 - Repair or replace broken hammer shanks & butts

3 - Install brass repair flanges where needed

3 - Install brass repair flanges where needed

4 - Reshape hammers, clean sustain mechanism

4 - Reshape hammers, clean sustain mechanism

Selected pictures of the step-by-step improvement process
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Original Manufacturer of this brand-name--Cable Piano Co., Chicago

Established--1880 by H.D. Cable

Other brand-names used by this manufacturer--Conover, Cable, Wellington, Schiller
From: Pierce Piano Atlas, 12th Edition (2008, Larry Ashley Publisher, Albuquerque, NM).

Note: To obtain the age of your piano and details about the manufacturer, click: Pierce Piano Atlas--"the world's most authoritative publication on piano manufacturers, past and present." To learn how a piano works and how to go about buying one, we encourage you to purchase The Piano Book.
17 - Strings, pins cleaned.

17 - Strings, pins cleaned.

18 - New underkey punchings installed.

18 - New underkey punchings installed.

19 - Lower plate area cleaned, screws tightened.

19 - Lower plate area cleaned, screws tightened.

20 - Keys and action re-installed

20 - Keys and action re-installed

21 - Hammer blow distance regulated with felt spacers.

21 - Hammer blow distance regulated with felt spacers.

22 - Capstans regulated.

22 - Capstans regulated.

23 - White key heights regulated.

23 - White key heights regulated.

24 - Black key heights regulated

24 - Black key heights regulated

25 - Letoff and keydip regulated.

25 - Letoff and keydip regulated.

26 - Hammers aligned to strings.

26 - Hammers aligned to strings.

27 - Damper spoons regulated.

27 - Damper spoons regulated.

28 - Piano tuned at pitch of C5 (a bit flat).

28 - Piano tuned at pitch of C5 (a bit flat).

29 - Music desk and panels re-installed. PROJECT FINISHED!

29 - Music desk and panels re-installed. PROJECT FINISHED!

30 - Close-up of keys and fallboard.

30 - Close-up of keys and fallboard.

A - IN OUR SHOP
Reconditioning the action
13 - Action ready for re-installation in piano

13 - Action ready for re-installation in piano

14 - Clean & polish keys

14 - Clean & polish keys

15 - Install underkey felt bushings where needed

15 - Install underkey felt bushings where needed

16 - Keys ready for re-installation in piano

16 - Keys ready for re-installation in piano

5 - Remove worn catcher felt in mid-section

5 - Remove worn catcher felt in mid-section

6 - Install new catcher felt in mid-section

6 - Install new catcher felt in mid-section

7 - Glue new bridle tapes to butts

7 - Glue new bridle tapes to butts

8 - Install new bridle tapes

8 - Install new bridle tapes

9 - Clean & lubricate hammer spring rail

9 - Clean & lubricate hammer spring rail

10 - Re-install hammer spring rail

10 - Re-install hammer spring rail

11 - Clean damper wires, tighten springs, replace damaged flanges

11 - Clean damper wires, tighten springs, replace damaged flanges

12 - Re-install dampers

12 - Re-install dampers

B - AT THE PIANO OWNER'S HOME
Regulating, tuning, re-assembly
Our shop is located in Becker, Minnesota. For contact information, go to the "Home Page"
29 - Music desk and panels re-installed. PROJECT FINISHED!