Piano Resurrection – Lockdown Restoration

A couple of years ago we adopted a piano that had been abandoned for some years in a shed that was very friendly to the elements. All of them.
This Nathaniel Berry & Sons Ltd. London piano had seen better years since it was made in 1939 but that really seemed like in a different life. And I don’t believe in reincarnation.
We thought we should wait for a while for the piano to get settled in our home and after two years, Covid-19 lockdown struck and it was the perfect time to get on with this job.
In the interim, I also learnt to tune pianos and made my own piano tuning lever with an old spanner, a blow torch and a hammer. But I only used the first one to tune it. The handle was made with spalted beech from the Sandringham Estate.
Today, the piano is in tune and has passed the test of tone.
For the amount of water that fell on top of it from the leaking shed, that really is incredible.
I thought it would be a shame to hide the complicated mechanism behind so I decided to make some glass screens.
The piano stool was also restored and upholstered by me.

I can now play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and sometimes I can sing along.


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