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#2306221 - 07/23/14 11:11 PM Opening up an old Piano
musicNow Offline
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Registered: 07/22/13
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Loc: San Francisco, Bay Area
About a year ago, I bought an old Ivers Pond upright which I have fixed up and enjoy playing... (It was a significant amount of work, a labor of love).

About two weeks ago, I bought an even older Ivers Pond for parts. Thought some of you might get a kick out of the label I found under the keys:

It's a model 107, Walnut cabinet, born June 6th, 1900 and you can just barely make out the builder's name. How amazing that we once routinely made things to last beyond a lifetime.



Here's a photo of the piano at the sellers house - Flash makes it look lighter than it is...


Here's another with panels removed (the bridges 98% intact, the sound board mint, and all but one key intact):



Full frontal:



The action on my work bench:



Not sure I'll be able to cannibalize her...

- Rick
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#2306261 - 07/24/14 01:29 AM Re: Opening up an old Piano [Re: musicNow]
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Registered: 10/11/12
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Cool! Things were definitely built to last longer back in the day.
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#2306332 - 07/24/14 08:16 AM Re: Opening up an old Piano [Re: musicNow]
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Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8586
Loc: Georgia, USA
Wow, that's a fine looking old upright piano there, Rick! And the original document is so interesting. I love the beautiful old, ornate cabinet uprights from yesteryear.

I can see why you wouldn't want to use it just for parts... hey, there's nothing wrong with having two old I&P uprights! smile

Thanks for posting the pics!

Rick
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#2306489 - 07/24/14 02:23 PM Re: Opening up an old Piano [Re: musicNow]
musicNow Offline
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Registered: 07/22/13
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Thanks Rickster.

Ivers Pond's old catalogs makes some fun reading, the question of pricing, quality of work, etc. was openly discussed in some ways far more intelligently than it is today.

See

Ivers Pond 1895 Catalog

They took pride in their workmanship
STYLE 107
The carving of the trusses, panels, upper front frame and end mouldings is hand chisel work and not stucco or pressed work, nor machine carving. The mouldings and trusses are of solid walnut, mahogany or oak in pianos finished in those woods.
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#2306571 - 07/24/14 04:09 PM Re: Opening up an old Piano [Re: musicNow]
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Registered: 05/28/01
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Loc: Richfield Springs, New York
Here's a link to a thread I posted a few years ago, containing photos from an Ivers & Pond catalog.

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...ond%20Cata.html
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#2306599 - 07/24/14 04:37 PM Re: Opening up an old Piano [Re: Eric Gloo]
musicNow Offline
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Registered: 07/22/13
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Loc: San Francisco, Bay Area
The photos are great and I appreciate the thought and care they took in the written word - fascinating.

- Rick
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Learning to play the piano and tweaking my 1907 Ivers Pond upright.

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