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Kimball
 
 
Original Manufacturer of this brand-name--Kimball Piano Company.

Established--1857 by William Wallace Kimball, in Chicago, IL.

Other brand-names used by this manufacturer--Dubar, Harrison, Hinze, Whitney.

Other manufacturers of this brand-name--Jasper Corp. (1959-1984).
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" Kimball Upright #75032
Mahogany cabinet. Built in 1900. Rebuilt by Ray’s Piano Service, Winter 2002-2003
IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED:
Rebuild—Dismantle. Remove strings, pins, plate. Repair bass bridge. 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. Install new black ebony keytops.
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.
Selected pictures of the improvement process taken in our shop
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Strings & pins removed

Strings & pins removed

Plate removed

Plate removed

Bass bridge removed

Bass bridge removed

Board scraped & repaired

Board scraped & repaired

New bridge installed, board refinished

New bridge installed, board refinished

Restrung, repinned

Restrung, repinned

New hammers & damper felts installed

New hammers & damper felts installed

Complete regulation, tuning

Complete regulation, tuning

56 1/2" Kimball Upright #118379
Tall, beautifully carved oak cabinet. Built in 1903. Restored by Ray's Piano Service in 2005
IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED:
Dismantle, Clean—Dismantle. Clean interior. Check casters, replace if necessary. Rebuild pedal mechanisms, install new pedals.
Recondition action—
Tighten action screws. Install new hammers, dampers, bridle tapes, catcher leather. Replace defective parts.
Complete Regulation—
All adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new, using new underkey punchings. Tune to A-440
Refinish--
Strip cabinet & panels, repair as needed, sand, stain, sealer, lacquer. Install new buttons, knobs, fallboard decal. Grind & polish ivory keytops.
1903 Kimball Upright "Before"
1903 Kimball Upright "After"
Selected pictures of the improvement process taken in our shop
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50" Kimball Upright #173999
Walnut cabinet, Built in 1906. Restored by Ray's Piano Service, Fall 2002
IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED:
Rebuild—Repair soundboard, refinish soundboard & bridges, refinish plate, restring and repin.
Refinish—
Repair & strip cabinet & bench. Apply walnut stain, sealer & lacquer. Install new rubber buttons. Install new fallboard decal. Replate pedals.
Recondition action—
Complete cleaning. Install new hammers. Tighten action screws. Replace defective parts.
Regulate—
All adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new. Tune to A-440.
1906 Kimball Upright "Before"
1906 Kimball Upright "After"
Selected pictures of the improvement process taken in our shop
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Soundboard repaired & refinished

Soundboard repaired & refinished

New hammers & treble damper felts

New hammers & treble damper felts

New keytops

New keytops

Complete regulation & tuning

Complete regulation & tuning

58" Kimball Upright #294212
Oak cabinet. Built in 1916. Restored by Ray's Piano Service in Winter 2003-2004
IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED:
Rebuild—Repair soundboard, refinish soundboard & bridges, refinish plate, restring and repin.
Refinish—
Repair & strip cabinet & bench. Apply walnut stain, sealer & lacquer. Install new rubber buttons. Install new fallboard decal. Replate pedals.
Recondition action—
Complete cleaning. Install new hammers. Tighten action screws. Replace defective parts.
Regulate—
All adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new. Tune to A-440.
1916 Kimball Upright "Before"
1916 Kimball Upright "After"
Selected pictures of the improvement process taken in our shop
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Dismantled

Dismantled

Old bass bridge removed

Old bass bridge removed

Board sanded

Board sanded

Side re-installed

Side re-installed

Veneer repairs

Veneer repairs

Board refinished

Board refinished

Restrung

Restrung

Action reconditioned

Action reconditioned

54" Kimball Upright #345143
Mahogany veneer.  Built in 1923. Restored in 2008 by Ray's Piano Service.
IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED:
Rebuild—Dismantle. Remove pins, strings, and plate. Replace bass bridge. Repair and refinish soundboard and bridges. Restring & Repin. Reassemble
Recondition action—
Tighten all action screws. Repair or replace worn and defective action parts as agreed with owner: replace broken brass flanges, especially in bass dampers. Install new hammers and dampers.
Complete Regulation—
Replace underkey felt punchings and key cloth. All regulation adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new (hammer blow distance, key height & leveling, capstans, letoff, key dip, sustain, soft pedal, key dip). Tune to A-440.
1916 Kimball Upright "Before"
1916 Kimball Upright "After"
Selected pictures of the improvement process taken in our shop
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Strings & pins removed

Strings & pins removed

Old bridge cap removed

Old bridge cap removed

Bridge pin holes marked & drilled

Bridge pin holes marked & drilled

New bridge completed

New bridge completed

Plate scrubbed

Plate scrubbed

Plate re-installed

Plate re-installed

Restringing

Restringing

Action reconditioned

Action reconditioned

Dismantled

Dismantled

Cabinet stripped & sanded

Cabinet stripped & sanded

Music rest stripped & refinished

Music rest stripped & refinished

Action reconditioned

Action reconditioned

5'8" Kimball Grand #967312
Ebony satin, manufactured in 1975, restored by Ray's Piano Service in 2010.
Solid cabinet & frame, mellow musical tone, has restoration potential
IMPROVEMENTS:
Recondition-Clean strings and piano interior, install new hammers & shanks, tighten all action screws, replace defective action parts, complete regulation, tuning.
Refinish--Dismantle, clean and polish hinges & metal parts, strip all exterior surfaces, sand & repair veneer, apply grain filler & black stain, apply finish, reassemble.
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