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Jesse French
 
 
Original Manufacturer of this brand-name--French & Sons.

Established--1875 by Jesse French, in Nashville, TN.

Other brand-names used by this manufacturer--

Other manufacturers of this brand-name--H.A. Selmer (late 1930s-), P.A. Starck (1955-), Irwin & Sons Piano Co. (1970-), Marantz Piano Co.
Source: 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.
50" Jesse French Upright #79727
Mahogany cabinet. Built in 1920. Rebuilt and Refinished by Ray’s Piano Service, Spring 2003
IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED:
Rebuild—
Dismantle. Remove strings, pins, plate. Repair and refinish sound board and bridges. Re-install plate. Install new strings and pins. Rebuild pedal mechanisms.
Recondition Action—
Clean, install new hammers, install new bridle tapes, install new damper pads,  tighten screws, replace additional defective parts, rebush keys as needed. Re-install loose and missing ivory keytops. Grind keytops smooth to front edges.
Complete Regulation—Install new underkey punchings. Make adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new: key height, key levelling, hammer blow distance, lost motion, letoff,  sustain, spoons. Tune to A-440
Refinish—
Install new plastic keytops (matte finish). Strip, repair veneer as needed, sand, stain with dark walnut, apply lacquer. Retain current Jesse French decal on underside of lid.
Removing strings

Removing strings

Partial treble bridge replacement

Partial treble bridge replacement

Bridge repair completed

Bridge repair completed

Plate refinished

Plate refinished

Selected pictures of the improvement process taken in our shop
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Restrung & repinned

Restrung & repinned

Action reconditioned

Action reconditioned

New keytops

New keytops

New underkey felt punchings

New underkey felt punchings

Keytops shaped to keys

Keytops shaped to keys

Complete regulation & tuning

Complete regulation & tuning

Original lid decal maintained

Original lid decal maintained

Cabinet repaired & refinished

Cabinet repaired & refinished

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