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#615043 - 08/19/02 09:53 AM Question for Refinishers
HammerMan Offline
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Registered: 08/14/02
Posts: 7
Loc: Ottawa
I am about to restore a 1902 Bell "Cabinet Grand" upright piano, made in the Guelph Ontario workshop. Its quite a piece, it's got a beaver carved into the top! (I mentioned this in the "beaver fever" thread in the piano forum.) There is a beautifully written "Bell piano company" and Its trademark two bells on the inside of the keyboard cover as well as "cabinet grand" written on the fallboard. I do not want to take this writing off in the refinishing process, but I think if I leave it as is it will look bad next to the nice red refinished mahogany. I also considered taking a digital picture of the writing to have a professional re-write the words, but I don't know if that will work nicely. What do piano restorers do in this situation?
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#615044 - 08/19/02 01:51 PM Re: Question for Refinishers
Brian Lawson, RPT Offline
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Registered: 07/04/01
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Try "Decals unlimited" and see if they already have such a decal - else go the digital route
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#615045 - 08/19/02 05:00 PM Re: Question for Refinishers
Vaughn MacKenzie Offline
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Registered: 08/14/02
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HammerMan, sounds like a terrific piano! Hope the restoration goes good! I recently came across an old upright I could not pass up, an 1897 Fischer in Tiger Oak. It is nice to see a few other people on this board who appreciate some of the old uprights. . .

There are several Bell decals on this page of pianosupply.com's website: http://www.pianosupply.com/decals/bec-bog.jpg

Be sure and post some pictures of your piano, looking forward to seeing it!

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#615046 - 08/19/02 08:58 PM Re: Question for Refinishers
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The Pierce Piano Atlas folks claim to have the
worlds largest collection of manufacturers decals.


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#615047 - 08/19/02 10:40 PM Re: Question for Refinishers
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Decals Unlimited has the Bell decal with the two bells. Stock # 3059. Call them at 651-429-4465......Sam
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