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Elgin Upright #205005 (ca 1905)
 
 
51" Elgin Upright #205005 (ca 1905)
Traditional Walnut Cabinet. Built about 1905. Reconditioned in March-April 2013 for the owner in St. Cloud, MN.
IMPROVEMENTS:
Recondition ActionóInstall new hammers, shanks, butts, damper felts, backcheck felts, jack springs, underkey punchings. Tighten action screws, replace other defective parts.
Complete Cleaning--Clean strings, pressure bar, keybed, keypins, pedal mechanisms.
Complete Regulationó
All adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new, tune to A-440.
Action air cleaned

Action air cleaned

Rails removed

Rails removed

Damper levers removed

Damper levers removed

Wippens removed

Wippens removed

Selected pictures of the step-by-step improvement process
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Original Manufacturer of this brand-name--J.O. Weaver: Ottawa and Elgin, Illinois.

Established--1901 by J.O. Weaver, 1907 by Emil P. Johnson,

Other brand-names used by this manufacturer--Curtice, Weaver, Seybold, E.P. Johnson
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.
To see owner's "Letter of Recommendation," click REFERENCES
This is the "first phase" of a complete upright piano restoration, reviving the piano to reliable, efficient operation and vastly improving its musical tone. The owner will consider having us do the "second phase" in the future, which will include soundboard repairs and refinishing, complete restringing and repinning, and cabinet refinishing.
Shank installation guide in place

Shank installation guide in place

Butts numbered

Butts numbered

Odd-numbered used butts removed

Odd-numbered used butts removed

Odd-numbered new butts installed

Odd-numbered new butts installed

Broken hammer rail springs replaced

Broken hammer rail springs replaced

Install hammer rail felt

Install hammer rail felt

Glued jack springs drying

Glued jack springs drying

Glued backcheck felts drying

Glued backcheck felts drying

Reglue loose jack

Reglue loose jack

Defective damper flange replaced

Defective damper flange replaced

Damper block repaired

Damper block repaired

New damper block

New damper block

Regulating rail re-installed

Regulating rail re-installed

Spring rail & springs re-installed

Spring rail & springs re-installed

Damper rod re-installed

Damper rod re-installed

Wippens re-installed

Wippens re-installed

Shank bottom ends knurled

Shank bottom ends knurled

Odd-numbered shanks aligned

Odd-numbered shanks aligned

Front of shanks marked

Front of shanks marked

Hammers dry-fitted at section ends

Hammers dry-fitted at section ends

Shank tops cut

Shank tops cut

Alignment checked with old shanks

Alignment checked with old shanks

Odd-numbered shanks & hammers dry-fitted

Odd-numbered shanks & hammers dry-fitted

Odd-numbered shanks glued & aligned

Odd-numbered shanks glued & aligned

Checking heights

Checking heights

Odd-numbered hammers installed

Odd-numbered hammers installed

Even-numbered hammers & butts removed

Even-numbered hammers & butts removed

New even-humbered butts installed

New even-humbered butts installed

Even-numbered shanks cut & installed

Even-numbered shanks cut & installed

Even-numbered hammers glued

Even-numbered hammers glued

Even-numbered hammers drying

Even-numbered hammers drying

Striking-point guide attached

Striking-point guide attached

Travel paper inserted as needed

Travel paper inserted as needed

Hammers turned to correct travel

Hammers turned to correct travel

New bridle tapes installed

New bridle tapes installed

Backcheck wires regulated

Backcheck wires regulated

Damper levers re-installed

Damper levers re-installed

New damper felts installed

New damper felts installed

Remove front panels and keys

Remove front panels and keys

Remove lower panel

Remove lower panel

Clean strings & pressure bar

Clean strings & pressure bar

Clean key pins

Clean key pins

Disassemble pedal mechanisms

Disassemble pedal mechanisms

Clean, re-assemble, rebush, lubricate pedal mechanisms

Clean, re-assemble, rebush, lubricate pedal mechanisms

Clean keys

Clean keys

Re-glue loose key fronts

Re-glue loose key fronts

Install bass damper felts

Install bass damper felts

Regulate capstans and key heights for 6 notes in low bass

Regulate capstans and key heights for 6 notes in low bass

Regulate capstans and key heights for 6 notes in top treble

Regulate capstans and key heights for 6 notes in top treble

Regulate capstans and key heights of whites

Regulate capstans and key heights of whites

Regulate capstans and key heights of sharps

Regulate capstans and key heights of sharps

Regulate key spacing and leveling

Regulate key spacing and leveling

Regulate let-off

Regulate let-off

Regulate dip of white keys

Regulate dip of white keys

Regulate dip of sharps

Regulate dip of sharps

Regulate damper spoons

Regulate damper spoons

Tuning

Tuning

Assemble cabinet

Assemble cabinet

Keyboard and fallboard decal

Keyboard and fallboard decal

A - IN OUR SHOP
1. Dismantling and Cleaning the Action
2. Preparation for repairs
Samples removed

Samples removed

Samples mailed to parts supplier

Samples mailed to parts supplier

Temporary hammer rail installed

Temporary hammer rail installed

Strikeline guide prepared

Strikeline guide prepared

Damper felts removed

Damper felts removed

Clean regulating rail

Clean regulating rail

Clean & polish damper rod

Clean & polish damper rod

Clean hammer spring rail

Clean hammer spring rail

Remove backcheck felts & jack springs

Remove backcheck felts & jack springs

Clean backcheck blocks & spring holes

Clean backcheck blocks & spring holes

Clean jack spring hole

Clean jack spring hole

Clean action screws

Clean action screws

3. Repairing defective parts
4. Installing New Parts: Butts, Shanks, Hammers
Hammers numbered & arranged by odds & even

Hammers numbered & arranged by odds & even

Gluing & aligning odd-numbered hammers

Gluing & aligning odd-numbered hammers

Odd-numbered hammers installed

Odd-numbered hammers installed

Correcting hammer angle

Correcting hammer angle

5. Re-assembly and Adjustments
Action reconditioning complete--front view

Action reconditioning complete--front view

Action reconditioning complete--rear view

Action reconditioning complete--rear view

B - AT THE PIANO OWNER'S HOME
1. Dismantle and Clean
2. Re-assembly, Regulation, and Tuning
Our shop is located in Becker, Minnesota. For contact information, go to the "Home Page"