I acquired this piano from Owen Piano
Wholesalers in Los Angeles. The piano had come to them from a recording
studio in the Los Angeles
area. A.B. Chase is considered to be in the top
10 pianos manufactured in the United
States by Larry Fine, the highly regarded
author of “The Piano Book”.
The piano was in satisfactory original
condition when I acquired it. Even
though the piano showed wear from it’s long history of use, and still had it’s
original strings, it still sounded hauntingly beautiful. For this reason, I chose to keep it’s
original stringing scale.
Following is a summary of the rebuilding
and refinishing work that was performed on this piano:
*The sounding board and bridges were
reconditioned and treated with a very thin epoxy sealer to make the sounding
board much more damage, moisture & crack resistant. I refinished the sounding board with lacquer
top coats and installed a new decal.
*The bridges were resurfaced and re-terminated. I installed new 1” bridge pins, with West
System marine epoxy. The tops of the
bridges were re-graphited and the bridge pins leveled.
*The full fit pinblock was refabricated
and properly reglued to the stretcher and shoulders. *I regilded the plate and resurfaced the
capo bars. * I restrung the piano using Mapes piano
wire. New 2/O tuning pins were
used. *All new understring cloth and
felts were used. * The damper action was thoroughly
inspected and serviced. Damper guide
bushings and felts were replaced. Damper
heads were refinished and damper wires were polished.
*New white keys were installed and sharps
were refinished and rubbed out. * All new
key bushings were installed. *The whole
top action was replaced with Renner action parts and new back checks. *Voicing and action work were performed by
The hammers selected were Abel walnut
molding hammers. *The piano was refinished with Polane
filler primer and top-coated with nitrous-cellulose ebony lacquer and hand
*All hardware and screws were resurfaced,
buffed and polished. *Lyre and lyre trap assemblies were
*The complete underside of the piano was
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