Piano Restoration

1914 Monarch Restoration

On Memorial Day I was summoned to a garage to discover a 1914 Monarch petite baby grand covered in dust, debris and rat droppings. Despite the sediment this piano had potential and I had space for it.
Once in the piano garage I cleaned and polished all the parts I could remove – legs, music stand, fallboard and cheekblocks, lid and lid stand.
I removed the keybed and cleaned out the rats nest that had been wedged up behind the action. The more air I blew into the piano it seemed the more dust would come out of it.
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On a deadline to have this piano ready to be played at a wedding on Sunday I did a hasty restringing of several broken and missing strings. Pulling the old wires up to tone was a challenge as a good number of them had rusted.
Five days after retrieving the piano it has been cleaned, regulated, tuned and voiced and is ready for tomorrow’s wedding.
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After the wedding I’ll be bringing the piano back and plan on restringing it with all new strings and refinishing the iron plate.
If you’re in the market for a beautiful petite baby grand, this Monarch is for you!

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