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Chickering
 
 
Original Manufacturer of this brand-name--The Chickering Piano Company.

Established--1823 by Jonas Chickering and James Stewart.

Other brand-names used by this manufacturer--

Other manufacturers of this brand-name--American Piano Company (1906-), Aeolian Piano Company (1932-), Baldwin (1986-), Gibson Guitars (2001-).
From: Pierce Piano Atlas, 12th Edition (2008, Larry Ashley Publisher, Albuquerque, NM).

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Chickering Square Grand #45459
Beautiful Rosewood Cabinet. Built in 1874. Restored by Ray's Piano Service in winter 2007-2008.
IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED:
Restring—Dismantle. Remove pins and strings. Restring & Repin.
Recondition action—Reshape hammers, replace loose center pins, repair defective action parts, tighten all screws.
Complete Regulation—All adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new, tune to A-440. Some cabinet repair. Reassemble
Selected pictures of the improvement process taken in our shop
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Action cleaned

Action cleaned

Removing bass strings & pins

Removing bass strings & pins

Plate raised

Plate raised

Plate removed

Plate removed

Shims glued

Shims glued

Board shims sanded

Board shims sanded

New woodscrew in board

New woodscrew in board

Soundboard decal

Soundboard decal

Lacquer soundboard

Lacquer soundboard

Recondition action

Recondition action

Shank replacement

Shank replacement

Regulating damper wires

Regulating damper wires

Install damper mechanism

Install damper mechanism

Install lyre

Install lyre

Install lid & music rest

Install lid & music rest

Lid closed

Lid closed

 5' 5" Chickering Grand (ca. 1907)
Mahogany Veneer, Built approx. 1907. Regulated and Refinished by Ray's Piano Service, February 2007
PREVIOUS IMPROVEMENTS, COMPLETED ABOUT 1990:
Rebuilt--Strings & tuning pins removed. Soundboard repaired and refinished, with new soundboard decal. New pinblock made. Completely restrung.
Action Reconditioned--New hammers and backchecks installed. Completely regulated.

IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED IN 2007:
Refinish—Strip and sand cabinet, lid, legs, bench, lyre. Polish all metal parts. Repair veneer as necessary. Repair bench. Apply hand-rubbed finish. Install new fallboard decal. Install new rubber buttons.
Regulation—Tighten action screws. Correct all regulation adjustments so piano plays like new. Tune.
5'5" Chickering Grand #129825
Mahogany case. Built in 1918. Restored by Ray’s Piano Service, April-August 2006.
IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED:
Rebuild—Repair and refinish soundboard and plate. Install new pinblock. Restring and repin. Rebuild, rebush, lubricate pedal mechanisms. Install new damper pads. Install new keytops.
Recondition action—Tighten screws, install new hammers, shanks, flanges. Replace other defective parts.
Regulation—All adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new. Install new underkey punchings. Tune to A-440.
Refinish—Dismantle, strip, repair, sand, apply filler, stain, sealer, lacquer, reassemble.
Selected pictures of the improvement process taken in our shop
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Prepare stringing guide

Prepare stringing guide

Destringing

Destringing

Lifting out plate

Lifting out plate

Stain, lealer, lacquer applied

Stain, lealer, lacquer applied

Sealer & spar urethane on board

Sealer & spar urethane on board

Scrubbing plate

Scrubbing plate

Polishing soundboard

Polishing soundboard

Cutting new pinblock

Cutting new pinblock

Clean and polish agraffes

Clean and polish agraffes

Install pinblock

Install pinblock

Marking centers

Marking centers

Drilling tuning pin holes

Drilling tuning pin holes

Lid finished

Lid finished

Back action components

Back action components

Converting damper flanges

Converting damper flanges

Four converted flanges

Four converted flanges

Stringing treble section

Stringing treble section

Tenor strings individually tied

Tenor strings individually tied

Restringing complete

Restringing complete

New plastic keytops

New plastic keytops

Sostenuto installed

Sostenuto installed

Fallboard installed

Fallboard installed

Hinges polished

Hinges polished

Ready for delivery

Ready for delivery

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