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Ampico
 
5' Ampico Grand 1920's
Brown Mahogany. Built during the 1920's (a rough guess, since no serial number is shown--based on our experience with pianos of similar vintage and style. During a previous refinishing, the serial number has disappeared). At pick-up, we found that this piano had previously been refinished, but all working parts appeared to be original and in good working order in spite of wear. Soundboard and bridges were in good shape. Was originally a player, but the player mechanism had been removed. We considered the piano well worth restoring, especially because the finish was still in good condition and because it was structurally sound. Restoration completed in 2010.

IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED:

Soundboard, Bridges, Strings, Pins, Pinblock
Completely restring using larger-size pins, all-new strings.

Action, Back Action & Dampers, Keys & Keyframe, Regulation, Tuning
Recondition action, install a good set of used hammers, conduct complete action regulation. Install new key-stop rail. Recondition sustain mechanism. Several tunings until tuning stability is achieved.

Cabinet, Pedal Mechanisms, Casters, Accessories
Matching bench. Enclose space where player mechanism had been removed. Install new lid prop hinge.
Lid at high position

Lid at high position

Lid in low position

Lid in low position

Side view

Side view

Bench, with new cloth cover

Bench, with new cloth cover

Selected pictures of the evaluation and improvement processes taken in our shop
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Keys and fallboard decal

Keys and fallboard decal

Unique leg and lyre design

Unique leg and lyre design

Unique double front leg design

Unique double front leg design

Soundboard in good condition

Soundboard in good condition

New lyre supports installed

New lyre supports installed

Complete new restringing and repinning

Complete new restringing and repinning

Dampers re-installed

Dampers re-installed

Good used hammers installed

Good used hammers installed

Defective action parts replaced

Defective action parts replaced

Keytop rail missing

Keytop rail missing

New keystop rail made

New keystop rail made

New felt on keystop rail

New felt on keystop rail

New keystop rail installed

New keystop rail installed

New sustain tab and prop installed

New sustain tab and prop installed

New lid prop hinge installed

New lid prop hinge installed

From: Pierce Piano Atlas, 12th Edition (2008, Larry Ashley Publisher, Albuquerque, NM).

Note: To obtain the age of your piano and details about the manufacturer, click: Pierce Piano Atlas--"the world's most authoritative publication on piano manufacturers, past and present." To learn how a piano works and how to go about buying one, we encourage you to purchase The Piano Book.
Original Manufacturer of this brand-name--American Piano Company

Established--1916, Rochester, NY

Other brand-names used by this manufacturer--Haines Bros, Emerson, J.C. Fischer, Stroud, Vose, Duo-Art

Other manufacturers of this brand-name--
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