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55 1/2" Vose & Sons Upright #60219 (1905)
 
 
55 1/2" Vose & Sons Upright #60219 (1905)
Red mahogany cabinet. Exterior finish severely damaged by a house fire, but the piano's frame is sound, strings can be replaced and the action can be restored. Reconditioned by Ray's Piano Service in Summer-Fall, 2017 for the owner in New London, MN. Refinished by Mike Frank's Custom Furniture, Foreston, MN.
IMPROVEMENTS:
Dismantle & Clean--Remove all panels, keybed, pedal board, strings, pins, casters. Complete cleaning.
Repair Board & Restring
--Sand soundboard, shim cracks, refinish board, clean plate bolts and screws.
Restring & Repin--Install new strings and larger-size pins.
Recondition Actionó
Install new hammers, dampers, bridle tapes, replace defective parts, tighten screws, lubricate rails.
Complete RegulationóAll adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new, tune to A-440.
Refinishing (on sub-contract with Mike Frank's Custom Furniture, Foreston)--Strip veneer surfaces, sand, repair and reglue veneer as needed. Refinish. Install new fallboard decal.
Reassembly & Delivery--Clean all cabinet screws. Re-install keybed and pedal board. Install new casters. Install new nameboard felt. Replace panels. Delivery to owner after completion of replacement home.
Selected pictures of the step-by-step improvement process
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From: Pierce Piano Atlas, 12th Edition (2008, Larry Ashley Publisher, Albuquerque, NM).

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A - IN OUR SHOP
1 - Damaged by fire--front view

1 - Damaged by fire--front view

2 - Loading onto trailer in New London

2 - Loading onto trailer in New London

3 - In trailer

3 - In trailer

4 - Panels, action and keys removed

4 - Panels, action and keys removed

Our shop is located in Becker, Minnesota. For contact information, go to the "Home Page"
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Original Manufacturer of this brand-name--Vose & Sons, Boston, MA
Established--1851, by James Whiting Vose
Other manufacturers of this brand-name--In the 1920s Vose built a new factory at Watertown, Greater Boston. Became part of American Piano Co. And Aeolian.
5 - Action cleaned with compressed air

5 - Action cleaned with compressed air

6 - Panels stored on shop wall

6 - Panels stored on shop wall

7 - Keybed, pedal board, casters  removed

7 - Keybed, pedal board, casters removed

8 - Loose sides reglued to keybed

8 - Loose sides reglued to keybed

BEFORE: Fire-damaged piano
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9 - Bass strings removed, will be sent to string maker

9 - Bass strings removed, will be sent to string maker

10 - End blocks re-sized

10 - End blocks re-sized

11 - New casters installed

11 - New casters installed

12 - Keybed & legs refitted

12 - Keybed & legs refitted

13 - New lower panel stop installed

13 - New lower panel stop installed

14 - Fallboard ends sanded, new snakker knobs installed

14 - Fallboard ends sanded, new snakker knobs installed

15 - Left endblock sanded for better fit

15 - Left endblock sanded for better fit

16 - Fallboard re-installed to check fit

16 - Fallboard re-installed to check fit

17 - Fall board no longer jams!

17 - Fall board no longer jams!

18 - Music rest fittings repaired

18 - Music rest fittings repaired

19 - New lower panel latch installed

19 - New lower panel latch installed

20 - Left edge of music rest sanded

20 - Left edge of music rest sanded

21 - New Music rest springs installed

21 - New Music rest springs installed

22 - Completely reassembled to check fit before going to refinisher

22 - Completely reassembled to check fit before going to refinisher

23 - String sizes guide prepared

23 - String sizes guide prepared

24 - Treble strings removed

24 - Treble strings removed

25 - Panels and boards moved to Frank's Custom Furniture for refinishing

25 - Panels and boards moved to Frank's Custom Furniture for refinishing

26 - Soundboard refinished and new understring felt installed

26 - Soundboard refinished and new understring felt installed

27 - Re-stringing & re-pinning treble section

27 - Re-stringing & re-pinning treble section

28 - Treble re-strung, pressure bar & braid installed, chipped to pitch

28 - Treble re-strung, pressure bar & braid installed, chipped to pitch

29 - Bass section restrung, repinned, chipped to pitch

29 - Bass section restrung, repinned, chipped to pitch

30 - Plate area masked for refinishing

30 - Plate area masked for refinishing

31 - All cabinet components shipped to refinisher

31 - All cabinet components shipped to refinisher

32 - Front Panel stripped & sanded

32 - Front Panel stripped & sanded

33 - All veneered surfaces stripped & sanded

33 - All veneered surfaces stripped & sanded

34 - Leg stripped & sanded

34 - Leg stripped & sanded

35 - Main body repaired, stripped & sanded

35 - Main body repaired, stripped & sanded

36 - Remove bridle tapes & rails from action

36 - Remove bridle tapes & rails from action

37 - Remove sample hammers, dampers & damper rails.

37 - Remove sample hammers, dampers & damper rails.

38 - Temporarily store dampers & railes during reconditioning

38 - Temporarily store dampers & railes during reconditioning

39 - Mail sample hammers to hammer supplier

39 - Mail sample hammers to hammer supplier

40 - Broken flanges replaced

40 - Broken flanges replaced

41 - Defective butts, butt plates & shanks replaced. It's now ready for all  new hammer heads. . .

41 - Defective butts, butt plates & shanks replaced. It's now ready for all new hammer heads. . .

42 - Install odd-numbered hammer heads

42 - Install odd-numbered hammer heads

43 - All hammer heads installed

43 - All hammer heads installed

44 - Catcher leather replaced in mid-section

44 - Catcher leather replaced in mid-section

45 - Broken hammer spings replaced

45 - Broken hammer spings replaced

46 - Hammer rail polished, new hammer rail cloth

46 - Hammer rail polished, new hammer rail cloth

47 - Hammer rail installed. New bridal tapes attached to bridal wires

47 - Hammer rail installed. New bridal tapes attached to bridal wires

48 - Hammer spring rail installed

48 - Hammer spring rail installed

49 - Back from the Refinisher's, cabinet and keybed

49 - Back from the Refinisher's, cabinet and keybed

50 - Back from the Refinisher's, side wall and top

50 - Back from the Refinisher's, side wall and top

51 - Back from the Refinisher's, panels and boards

51 - Back from the Refinisher's, panels and boards

52 - Back from the Refinisher's, fallboard decal

52 - Back from the Refinisher's, fallboard decal

53 - Keyboard, keyframe and legs reassembled

53 - Keyboard, keyframe and legs reassembled

54 - Brass pedals cleaned & polished

54 - Brass pedals cleaned & polished

55 - Pedal board reassembled & installed

55 - Pedal board reassembled & installed

56 - Damper bar cleaned, polished, re-installed

56 - Damper bar cleaned, polished, re-installed

57 - Damper levers cleaned, polished

57 - Damper levers cleaned, polished

58 - Keys cleaned & buffed

58 - Keys cleaned & buffed

59 - Treble damper levers & felts installed

59 - Treble damper levers & felts installed

60 - Keys, punchings, blocks, keyslip dry-fitted at both ends of piano

60 - Keys, punchings, blocks, keyslip dry-fitted at both ends of piano

65 - Hammers aligned to strings

65 - Hammers aligned to strings

66 - Damper spoons regulated

66 - Damper spoons regulated

67 - Multiple pitch raises and tunings before delivery

67 - Multiple pitch raises and tunings before delivery

68 - Music rest assembled

68 - Music rest assembled

61 - Fallboard & music desk assembled to check heights

61 - Fallboard & music desk assembled to check heights

62 - New underkey punchings & cloth installed

62 - New underkey punchings & cloth installed

63 - Capstans, letoff, keyheights regulated

63 - Capstans, letoff, keyheights regulated

64 - Keys leveled, key dip

64 - Keys leveled, key dip

69 - Ready for delivery!

69 - Ready for delivery!

70 - Close-up of front, music rest extended

70 - Close-up of front, music rest extended

71 - Close-up of right leg

71 - Close-up of right leg

72 - Close-up of pedals assembly

72 - Close-up of pedals assembly

73 - Lid closed

73 - Lid closed

74 - Close-up of music rest pattern

74 - Close-up of music rest pattern

75 - Close-up of fallboard decal and keys

75 - Close-up of fallboard decal and keys

AFTER: Ready for delivery!