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57 1/2" Strohber Upright #108857 (1909)
 
 
57 1/2" Strohber Upright #108857 (1909)
Traditional Mahogany Cabinet. Cabinet finish "refreshed" by a previous owner. Reconditioned in February, 2021 for the current owner in St. Cloud, MN.
IMPROVEMENTS:
Recondition ActionóInstall new pedals, hammers, shanks, butts, damper felts, underkey punchings. Replace worn backcheck felts and weak jack springs. Clean & tighten all action screws, replace other defective parts.
Complete Cleaning--Clean cabinet interior, strings, pressure bar, keybed, keypins, pedal mechanisms.
Complete Regulationó
All adjustments to ensure that piano plays like new. Adjust pitch & tune to A-440.
A1 Set Action on Workbench

A1 Set Action on Workbench

A2 Repair Music Desk

A2 Repair Music Desk

A3 Install new music desk hinges

A3 Install new music desk hinges

A4 Install new music desk knobs

A4 Install new music desk knobs

Selected pictures of the step-by-step improvement process
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Original Manufacturer of this brand-name--Smith, Barnes & Strohber, Chicago.

Established--as C.A. Smith & Co. at 1872 Clybourn, Chicago in 1891.

Other brand-names used by this manufacturer--Diminutive, Hoffmann, Lessing, Smith & Barnes, Strohber and Willard.
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.
B1 Install new brass pedals

B1 Install new brass pedals

B2 Install lid hinge pins, molding repair

B2 Install lid hinge pins, molding repair

B3 Clean strings, keybed, key pins

B3 Clean strings, keybed, key pins

B4 Install new underkey punchings

B4 Install new underkey punchings

A - IN OUR SHOP
Our shop is located in Becker, Minnesota. For contact information, go to the "Home Page"
B - AT THE PIANO OWNER'S HOME
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IN OUR SHOP: We repaired the piano's music rest and installed two knobs
A5 Repair end block

A5 Repair end block

A6 Remove bridle tapes & regulating rail

A6 Remove bridle tapes & regulating rail

A7 Remove dampers & hammer spring rail, tighten all action screws

A7 Remove dampers & hammer spring rail, tighten all action screws

A8 Reglue loose jack

A8 Reglue loose jack

A9 Cut off 7 warped hammer shanks

A9 Cut off 7 warped hammer shanks

A10 Install 7 new hammer shanks

A10 Install 7 new hammer shanks

A11 Remove worn catcher leader in mid-section

A11 Remove worn catcher leader in mid-section

A12 Install new catcher leather in mid-section

A12 Install new catcher leather in mid-section

A13 Clean & lubricate regulating rail

A13 Clean & lubricate regulating rail

A14 Strengthen & clean hammer rail springs

A14 Strengthen & clean hammer rail springs

A15 Remove treble damper pads

A15 Remove treble damper pads

A16 Sand damper blocks

A16 Sand damper blocks

A17 Replace broken damper lever flange

A17 Replace broken damper lever flange

A18 Remove hammer rail cloth

A18 Remove hammer rail cloth

A19 Remove evens hammers, clean shanks.

A19 Remove evens hammers, clean shanks.

A20 Install new hammers (evens), align to old hammers (odds)

A20 Install new hammers (evens), align to old hammers (odds)

A21 Remove old hammers (odds), clean shanks

A21 Remove old hammers (odds), clean shanks

A22 All New hammers installed

A22 All New hammers installed

A23 Bridle tapes glued in place

A23 Bridle tapes glued in place

A24 Bridle tapes connected to wippens

A24 Bridle tapes connected to wippens

A25 Regulating rail re-installed

A25 Regulating rail re-installed

A26 Damper levers re-installed, new damper felts glued on damper blocks

A26 Damper levers re-installed, new damper felts glued on damper blocks

A27 Action reconditioning project completed!

A27 Action reconditioning project completed!