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#2162901 - 10/07/13 08:27 AM Post Your Before / After Shots Here
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To everyone who enjoys taking (or viewing) shop photos - I thought a thread dedicated to the posting of before / after photos of piano projects might be fun. I would invite any of you to post a before photo of a project along with an after photo. This could be a set of photos of a total piano restoration, or of a much simpler subject matter, such as the following:

Before:

[img:center]http://[/img]

After:

[img:center]http://[/img]

I have been using "Tinypics" to post my photos (thanks to whoever it was that mentioned this website). It's very easy to use.

I hope this thread will be an enjoyable site to post and visit! Have a great week all! Chuck Behm



Edited by Chuck Behm (10/07/13 08:29 AM)
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#2162906 - 10/07/13 08:52 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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What is that, Chuck?
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#2162917 - 10/07/13 09:13 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: David Jenson]
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"What is that, Chuck?" - David Jenson


Hi David - Check out the bottom of the legs of this Chickering spinet:

[img:center]http://[/img]

One job I love is polishing brasswork - easy to do and the results are amazing. I'll post an after photo of the piano as a whole when it's put back together. I'm doing the final buffing and polishing of the case parts now, and hope to have it reassembled by the end of the week. Chuck
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#2162924 - 10/07/13 09:32 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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Hi Chuck,

I really enjoy these threads and am following the other one closely, as well.

Do you lacquer your brass brightwork or leave it natural?
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#2162929 - 10/07/13 09:39 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Minnesota Marty]
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Hi Marty - I lacquer it using spray lacquer from Schaff. However, the photo of the brass fitting was after I got done polishing it, but before lacquering it. I'll wait until I'm done with all the brasswork, and do it all at once. Chuck
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#2162936 - 10/07/13 09:59 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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This is a great thread idea, Chuck. I think I have some contributions buried in my computer i can dig up.
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#2162938 - 10/07/13 10:03 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: OperaTenor]
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"This is a great thread idea, Chuck. I think I have some contributions buried in my computer i can dig up." - Jim Boydston


I'd love to see them, Jim. I do think it will be a fun thread. Chuck
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#2162943 - 10/07/13 10:18 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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#2162946 - 10/07/13 10:25 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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Still work in progress but you can see how wood can change with a lot of work!!


Before:

After:

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#2162954 - 10/07/13 10:44 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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Thanks for the reply Chuck.

That certainly is elegant cabinetry on the Chickering console! I look forward to the "after."

Lluís, that is a beautiful finish you are applying! Are there decorative brass handles for the sides?
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#2162958 - 10/07/13 10:50 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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Yes there are! still needs some polishing work!! I didn't start the work with metals !

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#2163038 - 10/07/13 02:19 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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Keyframe restoration. (The "before" condition is on the right, for you wiseguys!)

[img]https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/10159...730368241784882[/img]
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#2163043 - 10/07/13 02:40 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chris Storch]
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Hi Chris - The photo didn't appear on your post, but I found the photo your were referring to when I clicked on the link. Nice work! Can I ask how you blended the 2 photos together to make one the way you did? Chuck
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#2163063 - 10/07/13 03:59 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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Chuck,

Thanks for the compliment on my photo.

The two-sided photo was done with Photoshop. I try and look at my "before" shots and somewhat duplicate the camera position, lighting, etc, for the "after" shots. Once you have two photos of before and after, the rest is just Photoshop skills. I'm by no means an expert with Photoshop, but I know my way around enough.

Let's see...If this method of posting photos doesn't work, then I give up!


Oh, hey, look it worked!


Edited by Chris Storch (10/07/13 04:05 PM)
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#2163108 - 10/07/13 05:45 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Lluís]
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Originally Posted By: Lluís
Yes there are! still needs some polishing work!! I didn't start the work with metals !



You will probably mostly need to put them in a hot E.T.D.A. bath , those parts may not need a lot of polishing, just cleaning , IMO.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethylenediaminetetraacetic_acid


Edited by Olek (10/07/13 05:46 PM)
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#2163164 - 10/07/13 08:35 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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Merci beacoup Isaac!, I have to answer you a mail, I'll do tomorrow :P
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#2164333 - 10/10/13 08:52 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chris Storch]
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Hi all - Here's a shot of the original soundboard decal on our Chickering grand project - a bit weathered looking. Notice also the tidy job of repairing the soundboard crack which was previously done. Something that came out of a tube:

[img:center]http://[/img]

Here's the new decal - I love putting these on:

[img:center]http://[/img]

I'll have more before / after shots to post later on. Have a great weekend, everyone. Chuck



Edited by Chuck Behm (10/10/13 08:54 AM)
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#2164649 - 10/10/13 11:37 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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#2164652 - 10/10/13 11:38 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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#2164655 - 10/10/13 11:41 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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#2164657 - 10/10/13 11:47 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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#2164659 - 10/10/13 11:50 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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#2164665 - 10/10/13 11:58 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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#2164666 - 10/11/13 12:05 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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#2164669 - 10/11/13 12:13 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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Beautiful workmanship, Rod. Thanks so much for posting your photos! Chuck
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#2164672 - 10/11/13 12:37 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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Thanks Chuck.

I pulled these off my web site. Fast and easy. These are a few years old.
I'll post some recent stuff when I find some time.

Cheers smile
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#2164675 - 10/11/13 12:41 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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Gentlemen technicians-restorers, I admire your art job exquisite. More photos here!

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#2164682 - 10/11/13 12:57 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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Rod, I can look at your piano porn before and after photos all day long. You do beautiful work.
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#2166857 - 10/15/13 09:00 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: OperaTenor]
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Hi all - I'm just about done reassembling the Chickering spinet shown in photo early in the thread. Polished the pedals today. Again, I really like polishing brasswork - especially when it's solid brass, as these pedals are. Here's what they looked like to begin with:

[img:center]http://[/img]

And here they are after a bit of work with the wire brush wheel, and the cloth buffing wheel:

[img:center]http://[/img]

It almost seems like magic when you're done - like an all-new set of pedals. Fun!

I'll be done with the piano tomorrow (it's being picked up on Friday), and I'll post a picture of the completed job. Chuck
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#2167767 - 10/17/13 04:00 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm, CPT-E]
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Hi all - Chickering spinet done. Here's the before and after shots I promised:

Before:

[img:center]http://[/img]

And after:

[img:center]http://[/img]

Well, gotta run. Wife and I are watching our twin 3-year old grandsons this evening. Have a great weekend, all! Chuck
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