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56 1/2" Bradbury Upright (F.G. Smith) #27867 (1897)
 
 
56 1/2" Bradbury Upright (F.G. Smith) #27867 (1897)
Vintage mahogany Cabinet. Built in 1897. Restored in Fall 2021 for the owner in Foley, MN.
IMPROVEMENTS:
Sound Board, Pins, Strings--Remove strings, tuning pins, plate. Repair & refinish soundboard. Restring & repin.
Recondition Action & Pedal Boardó
Install new hammers, damper felts, butt leather, jack springs, key bushings, underkey punchings. Tighten all action screws, replace other defective parts as needed. Dismantle & rebuild pedals, posts, levers.
Complete Regulationó
All adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new, tune to A-440.
Complete Refinishing--Dismantle music rest, fallboard, legs, panels: prepare exterior surfaces for refinishing. Remove pedals & backplate for nickel-plating. Complete refinishing, install new fallboard decal.
A1 - Beautiful cabinet, very little damage

A1 - Beautiful cabinet, very little damage

A2 - Ornate music rest

A2 - Ornate music rest

A3 Hinged lid

A3 Hinged lid

A4 - Veneer damage on left foot

A4 - Veneer damage on left foot

Selected pictures of the step-by-step improvement process
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Original Manufacturer of this brand-name--Bradbury Piano Co., with F.G. Smith as superintendent.

Established--1861, by William B. Bradbury

Other brand-names used by this manufacturer--F.G. Smith, W.P. Haines, Winter & Co., F.C. Lighte, Lighte & Newton, Lighte-Newton & Bradbury, Lighte & Bradvury, Poole, Ivers & Pond.
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.
A - EVALUATION & DISMANTLING
B - BOARD REPAIRS & RESTRINGING, ACTION RECONDITIONING
A5 - Veneer damage on right foot

A5 - Veneer damage on right foot

A6 - Missing veneer at right top

A6 - Missing veneer at right top

A7 - Veneer damage at front right corner

A7 - Veneer damage at front right corner

A8 - A few replacement bass strings and large-size pins, new bridle tapes

A8 - A few replacement bass strings and large-size pins, new bridle tapes

A9 - Pin torque about 20-25, needs restringing, repinning

A9 - Pin torque about 20-25, needs restringing, repinning

A10 - Needs new dampers, hammers, catcher leather, jack springs, underkey punchings, hammer rail cloth,  & key cloth

A10 - Needs new dampers, hammers, catcher leather, jack springs, underkey punchings, hammer rail cloth, & key cloth

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"Before picture" - taken prior to pick-up
C - WOOD PREPARATION & REFINISHING
D - ACTION REGULATING & RE-ASSEMBLY
B1 - Panels, Keybed, Pedalboard removed

B1 - Panels, Keybed, Pedalboard removed

B2 - Left Foot reglued.

B2 - Left Foot reglued.

B3 - Pedals & backplate cleaned, ready for nickle-plating

B3 - Pedals & backplate cleaned, ready for nickle-plating

B4 - New casters installed

B4 - New casters installed

B5 - Left foot assembly re-glued to side-wall.

B5 - Left foot assembly re-glued to side-wall.

B6 - We prepared a stringing guide for the treble section, including heights of pressure bars and action brackets above the plate.

B6 - We prepared a stringing guide for the treble section, including heights of pressure bars and action brackets above the plate.

B7 - Original bass strings removed, arranged in order on a soft wire.

B7 - Original bass strings removed, arranged in order on a soft wire.

B8 - Bass strings packed for shipment to string-maker.

B8 - Bass strings packed for shipment to string-maker.

B9 - Bass strings ready for shipment to string-maker

B9 - Bass strings ready for shipment to string-maker