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#2172270 - 10/26/13 10:04 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Here's one of my before and after
Photo 1 (Start new project


Photo 2 (Case almost done)


Photo 3 (Lost interest)


Sometimes projects don't end up in a living room!
Instead they get the Saws-all treatment!


Edited by woodfab (10/26/13 11:59 AM)
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#2172367 - 10/26/13 01:20 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Ok, here's one for you. I made this picture for my Facebook page and website for my customers to see that we do more than just tuning.

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#2172370 - 10/26/13 01:24 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Here's one I posted to show my customers what a keytop recovering can do for their piano.

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#2191087 - 12/01/13 07:28 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Came across this on my computer the other day.
Thought of this thread.
This Steinway was bleached out like no other cabinet I have ever seen.
It also received a total rebuild inside.



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#2191088 - 12/01/13 07:35 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Beautiful job, Rod.

Is the case mahogany or walnut? The shop photo differs from the home photo.

(And yet, the piano was returned to the fireplace, heating vents, and windows.)
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#2191091 - 12/01/13 07:44 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Minnesota Marty]
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Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
Beautiful job, Rod.

Is the case mahogany or walnut? The shop photo differs from the home photo.

(And yet, the piano was returned to the fireplace, heating vents, and windows.)


The piano is mahogany. You could hardly tell what it was when bleached.
She purchased a piano cover, new window coverings and UV protected glass for her home.
She does not use the fireplace and the vent has been blocked.
This home sits over the water, looking down from her sundeck you can see starfish.
One of the most valuable lots for its size in Vancouver, right beside the Vancouver Yacht Club.
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#2191294 - 12/02/13 09:09 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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That's quite the tranformation. Was there much damage to the veneer? That much sun damamge can leave the wood looking like barnboard. By the way, what is the little box under the piano, some other type of humidity control?


Edited by Craig Hair (12/02/13 09:10 AM)
Edit Reason: failure to proof read
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#2191332 - 12/02/13 10:24 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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I assumed that the little black box was a satellite speaker or sub woofer. I certainly could be wrong.
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#2191585 - 12/02/13 07:42 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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The little black box is a speaker.
No major damage to the veneer, once stripped and sanded it just took some creative staining to get it all right.
You would never know it was sun damaged.
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#2191717 - 12/03/13 03:21 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Rod Verhnjak]
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Originally Posted By: Rod Verhnjak
Came across this on my computer the other day.
Thought of this thread.
This Steinway was bleached out like no other cabinet I have ever seen.
It also received a total rebuild inside.





Nicely finished, is "bleached" used for sun whitening the finish and wood color?

I thought I was only with bleach solutions (as for ivories)
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#2191719 - 12/03/13 03:24 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Ryan Hassell]
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Originally Posted By: Ryan Hassell
Here's one I posted to show my customers what a keytop recovering can do for their piano.



Hi, nice pic, I said it yet but you may wish to space your keys prior to the picture... Better looking immediately.
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#2192085 - 12/03/13 07:16 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Olek]
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Originally Posted By: Olek
Originally Posted By: Rod Verhnjak
Came across this on my computer the other day.
Thought of this thread.
This Steinway was bleached out like no other cabinet I have ever seen.
It also received a total rebuild inside.





Nicely finished, is "bleached" used for sun whitening the finish and wood color?

I thought I was only with bleach solutions (as for ivories)



We will often say the sun bleached the.....
Ultra violet rays are very damaging.
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#2192087 - 12/03/13 07:20 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Reds especially are prone to fading when exposed to light.
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#2195733 - 12/10/13 07:07 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: BDB]
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Hi all - Just put the finishing touches on the smallest / plainest refinishing job done to date in our shop. Kind of fun, really. Stripped it down to bare wood and applied a brushed-on ebony finish.

Here's how it looked to begin with:

[img:center][/img]



Here it is now:

[img:center][/img]
A modest job, to be sure, but what the customer wanted - her piano now matches her speakers. Have a good week, everyone. Chuck
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#2195752 - 12/10/13 07:46 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Hey Chuck,

Did it cross your mind to apply a Bosendorfer logo on it?

Looks Great! What is it?
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#2195756 - 12/10/13 08:04 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Minnesota Marty]
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Did it cross your mind to apply a Bosendorfer logo on it? - Minnesota Marty


Hi Marty - I'm sure that would fool a lot of people. I could make it a Henway, however. I get a lot of calls for one of those.

It's actually a Bremen spinet. A great piano for 1st or 2nd year piano students living in cramped quarters, but that's about it. The lady who owns it loves it, however,(because it's so cute!) and that's good enough for me. Chuck
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#2195823 - 12/10/13 10:42 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Hi again, Marty - Here's one that might trip up a few people with a Bosendorfer decal - a bit classier looking, at least once it was finished. Here's how it looked when it arrived at the shop:

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

When it was done, it was a pretty little piano - much more so than the little Bremen spinet we did up in black:

[img:center][/img]

Anyway, the thing I like about being a shop focusing on family instruments is the variety. We rarely see the same model of piano twice, which keeps life interesting.

Have a great week up in Minnesota - stay warm! Chuck
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#2200485 - 12/19/13 11:49 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Hi all - Cold afternoon here in Iowa. Fired up the heater, put on the last episode of "Breaking Bad" (finally got to the end - really liked how it ended), and spent some relaxing time recovering a set of worn back checks. Good times!

Before shot:

[img:center][/img]

During shot:

[img:center][/img]

After shot:

[img:center][/img]

Have a great weekend, all. Chuck
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#2200496 - 12/20/13 01:04 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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A few years ago, a good friend of mine called me and asked if I knew of someone who could haul a couple of old grands away from the church where he was the choir director. Of course, I said i'd do it. One was a 1937 Howard baby grand that really was ready for the landfill (Kenny ended up coming and getting it to practice working on while he was going to school to become a tech - his next door neighbors still have the piano and love it), and the other was a 1923 Chickering 6' Centennial Grand. The Chickering had been rebuilt, but not refinished, sometime in the not-too-distant past; it had been restrung, the sound board refinished, and the action worked on, including a new set of hammers. It was missing a music desk and lid prop, and was butt-ugly.

Another friend of ours lost their home and possessions in the 2007 Witch Creek fire (it, combined with the Harris fire, burned over 200,000 acres of San Diego county), including their old Steinway M. Another friend and I decided we would refinish the Chickering and give it to them for a housewarming present when their new house was built.

Here it is in the early stages of refinishing:




And here it is, in their new home:



I know the new music desk is a little over the top, but they like it. We traced the desk from a Steinway square grand, and copied the shelf from my 1925 Chickering Ampico A.
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#2200566 - 12/20/13 08:40 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: OperaTenor]
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Jim - Quite a housewarming present - a beautiful job! Chuck
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#2200780 - 12/21/13 02:05 AM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Always a pleasure to see the beautiful work presented here.

Best regards-
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#2201012 - 12/21/13 02:57 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Originally Posted By: Chuck Behm
Jim - Quite a housewarming present - a beautiful job! Chuck


Thank you, Chuck!
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#2201394 - 12/22/13 01:08 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Originally Posted By: Chuck Behm

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




That Chickering has an interesting style. With those hind legs and curved in ends, it looks like it tries to evoke a square grand.

I like how you got the dog in the same spot for both pics!

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#2201413 - 12/22/13 02:19 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: guyl]
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That Chickering has an interesting style. With those hind legs and curved in ends, it looks like it tries to evoke a square grand. - guyl


Hi guyl - This style is certainly interesting - also way more work to refinish than the typical spinet. When I estimated the job, I made the mistake of quoting our ordinary price for a spinet case. What I should have done is use our upright price for the quote. I'm sure there was as much square footage to do on this piano as the typical upright. Well, live and learn.

Max, my shop dog, is never far from the action, and is usually standing nearby as if waiting for instructions. If I could just get him to hold a varnish brush! wink

Have a great holiday week! Chuck Behm
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#2245557 - 03/12/14 07:51 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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I picked up a baby grand that had one foot in the dumpster a while back. It was pretty rough, but had good bones. A 1929 Ampico "Symphonique" that had the reproducing action removed.

A friend of mine and I spruced it up considerably (it didn't need rebuilding, just some action work and a new set of hammers), and delivered it yesterday to a friend of his, all for the cost of the new hammers.

A labor of love, if you will.

For what it's worth, it sounds great. After it acclimates and I tune it and finish regulating it, I'll post a recording of it.

Here it is when we started on it, pretty rough:




And here it was yesterday, right after moving it in to its new home:




(We have the bench - just finishing up on repairing and refinishing it)



There is a spot on the lid where we replaced some of the veneer, and it didn't color match up very well. Considering this was a gift, essentially, we weren't too worried about it.
BTW, this is a brushed-on shellac finish.





The trim on the case is quarter-sawn maple, something that didn't really stand out until we refinished it.

My friend did a very meticulous job of cleaning up the plate.



And here it is with its new owner:

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#2253347 - 03/27/14 11:55 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Good job bringing this piano back to life for a happy owner, Mr. Boydston. I like the toning seen in the bottom-most photo, characteristic of a certain era ( I'm not sure which time-frame, actually).
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#2300726 - 07/10/14 01:01 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Here's a link to a video diary that I made of a Story & Clark piano that I refinished for a customer. Delivering the piano today.

[link]http://youtu.be/z4pMqklU2KA[/link]
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#2300746 - 07/10/14 01:54 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Ryan Hassell]
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Originally Posted By: Ryan Hassell
Here's a link to a video diary that I made of a Story & Clark piano that I refinished for a customer. Delivering the piano today.

[link]http://youtu.be/z4pMqklU2KA[/link]



Cool.

I would guess you had to be careful around the
Story and Clark brand sticker, because if you
damaged it, it would be hard or impossible to find
a replacement.

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#2300822 - 07/10/14 05:02 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: Chuck Behm]
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Story & Clark decals are readily available.
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#2300827 - 07/10/14 05:13 PM Re: Post Your Before / After Shots Here [Re: BDB]
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Originally Posted By: BDB
Story & Clark decals are readily available.


Oh, ok.

So do you usually just sand off the old sticker, and
put a new one on after all the finishing?

What about the bigger decals you find on the soundboard?

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