Yes, Jason's father was Angelo Andino. Jason, like his father, put in soundboards for Steinway. He left them to join us 5 years ago or so. He teaches openly anyone who desire to learn more... and has continued to learn as well. The day after we return to the USA he will be teaching at the the Mid-Atlantic PTG convention.
Forgive my spotty replies but I have spotty internet here and my schedule has been packed. Anyway, a few more pictures:
At their machine used to press the ribs onto the soundboard.
The room that a piano is placed to be "played in". It is nice that they have a separate little room.
Damper being installed and regulated.
The treble bridge is vertically laminated and "pressed" in this jig to the needed shape. It will be capped with a solid hardwood to accept the pins.
The rim press - this is always one of my favorite processes in building a piano and this one did not disappoint!
Finally the finished product is ready to be crated and delivered to the final customer.
I hope this gives a bit of a feel for what goes into building a grand piano. I took more pictures, but frankly, I was much more concerned with chatting with each of the technicians to get their thoughts on what they do. All in all it was an interesting outing.