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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 New lid hinge pins installed

B1 New lid hinge pins installed

B2 Inspecting broken pedals

B2 Inspecting broken pedals

B3 Installing piano tilter

B3 Installing piano tilter

B4 Tilting piano on its back for pedal replacement project

B4 Tilting piano on its back for pedal replacement project

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
Selected pictures of the step-by-step improvement process
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An elegant vintage piano--a real pleasure to recondition!
A5 Clean all keys, replace missing and chipped keytops

A5 Clean all keys, replace missing and chipped keytops

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 Repair end block

A9 Repair end block

A10 Cut off 7 warped hammer shanks

A10 Cut off 7 warped hammer shanks

A11 Install 7 new hammer shanks

A11 Install 7 new hammer shanks

A12 Remove worn catcher leader in mid-section

A12 Remove worn catcher leader in mid-section

A13 Install new catcher leather in mid-section

A13 Install new catcher leather in mid-section

A14 Clean & lubricate regulating rail

A14 Clean & lubricate regulating rail

A15 Replace broken regulating button

A15 Replace broken regulating button

A16 Remove treble damper pads

A16 Remove treble damper pads

A17 Sand damper blocks

A17 Sand damper blocks

A18 Replace broken damper lever flange

A18 Replace broken damper lever flange

A19 Remove hammer rail cloth

A19 Remove hammer rail cloth

A20 Strengthen & clean hammer rail springs

A20 Strengthen & clean hammer rail springs

A21 Remove old evens hammers, clean shanks.

A21 Remove old evens hammers, clean shanks.

A22 Install new evens hammers, align to old odds hammers

A22 Install new evens hammers, align to old odds hammers

A23 Remove old odds hammers, clean shanks

A23 Remove old odds hammers, clean shanks

A24 All New hammers installed

A24 All New hammers installed

A25 Regulating rail re-installed

A25 Regulating rail re-installed

A26 Bridle tapes connected to wippens

A26 Bridle tapes connected to wippens

A27 Bridle tapes glued in place

A27 Bridle tapes glued in place

A28 Damper levers re-installed, new damper felts glued on damper blocks. Action reconditioning project completed!

A28 Damper levers re-installed, new damper felts glued on damper blocks. Action reconditioning project completed!

B5 Pedal board removed

B5 Pedal board removed

B6 Positioning new middle pedal

B6 Positioning new middle pedal

B7 Pedal board with new pedals ready for re-installation

B7 Pedal board with new pedals ready for re-installation

B8 - Close-up of new pedals

B8 - Close-up of new pedals

B9 - Massive frame and harp--in very good condition

B9 - Massive frame and harp--in very good condition

B10 - New Lid hinge pins installed, molding repair

B10 - New Lid hinge pins installed, molding repair

B11 - New underkey punchings installed

B11 - New underkey punchings installed

B12 - New underkey punchings and cloth installed

B12 - New underkey punchings and cloth installed

B13 Loki, the owner's cat, was a frequent visitor during regulation and reassembly

B13 Loki, the owner's cat, was a frequent visitor during regulation and reassembly

B14 Complete regulation & tuning--hammer blow distance, capstans, dampers, key heights & leveling, hammer alignment to strings, key dip. . .

B14 Complete regulation & tuning--hammer blow distance, capstans, dampers, key heights & leveling, hammer alignment to strings, key dip. . .

B15 - Music desk, fallboard, lower panel installed - PROJECT COMPLETE!

B15 - Music desk, fallboard, lower panel installed - PROJECT COMPLETE!

B16 - Close-up of keyboard & decal

B16 - Close-up of keyboard & decal