Rebuilding
Kranich and Bach
Upright Grand

 
 

 


Rebuilding an upright
is not economically practical, but is does restore a connection to the past.

 

 

 

 

The upright grand earned its name sake from the fact that its string scale is similar to a mid-size grand piano. Hence, the owner could enjoy the full tone of a grand while only sacrificing a quarter of the floor space.

The typical full-sized upright is over a hundred years old. Anyone who has moved (or tried to move) an upright grand, knows they were built to last, but, unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. The good news is that it can be restored and perform as it did when it was new. The bad news is that the cost of rebuilding will vastly exceed the market value of the
instrument. However to some, an upright might be a family heirloom, and keeping it in the family for another couple of generations is preferred over the purchase of a new one.
 

 

 

     

  1. Cabinet Opened
     
  2. Cracked Soundboard
     
  3. Making String Pattern
     
  4. Repaired Soundboard
     
  5. Stringing
     
  6. Chipping and Pitch Raising
     
  7. Repairing Bottom Board
     
  8. Removing Keys from Abstracts
     
  9. Removing Abstracts
     
  10. Dismantling Action
     
  11. Boring New Hammers
     
  12. Installing New Hammers (1)
     
  13. Installing New Hammers (2)
     
  14. Rebuilding Whippens (1)
     
  15. Rebuilding Whippens (2)
     
  16. Rebuilding Whippens (3)
     
  17. Repinning Saddle flanges (1)
     
  18. Repinning Saddle flanges (2)
     

 

 

                                            Buttons - Left to Right
                                                      Pause / Play
                                                      Slide Back
                                                   Slide Forward
                                                    

 

19. Replacing jack Springs


20. Replacing Hammer Springs


21. Assembling Action Components


22. Adjusting Damper Levers


23. Installing Damper Felt


24. Installing Saddle Flanges


25. Installing Abstracts


26. Completed Action


27. Install Keybed and Felt 


28. Cutting Abstract Felt


29. Key Rebushing


30. Leveling Keys


31. Regulating Action


32. Tuning


33. Completed Project


34. Folding Music Rack


35. Closed Cabinet

     
     

 

 


 


 

 

 

   

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