Pet Damage


"Kitten on the Keys"

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If ever Bob Barker needed a compelling argument for neutering a pet, this would be it. What started out as a brand new $15,000 grand piano was reduced to a stink heap within a couple of years. I can understand the first time; "I had no idea cats would do that!" The second time; "Silly me, I forgot to close the lid!" But when the score card approaches thirty or forty, you got to question the customer's sanity. The only thing crazier would be a piano technician agreeing to repair it.... Wait a minute! ???

This photo essay emphasizes the damage pets can inflict rather than the repair. The fix wasn't pretty, unless you count less stench as a triumph.

I have no doubt, after its delivered, it will be back to business as usual for her and her cats. Except next time, it will be another piano tuner's exercise in futility.



  1. Cat sprayed soundboard
  2. Sprayed tuning pins
  3. Corroded bass strings
  4. Drain for litterbox
       aka Piano Trapwork
  5. Corroded capstans
  6. Rotten Lifter felt
  7. Soaked damper lifter
  8. Soaked piano keys
  9. Scraping felt
  10. Cleaned soundingboard
       (sort of)
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Gallery Intro
Player Pianos
Mason-Hamlin Sale
Repair Cracked Lid
Harp Diagram
Steinway console Sale
Replace Hammers
Move Quote

Fractured Fairy Tale
Harp Diagram-2
Broken Leg Repair
Pet Damage

Fractured Fairytale-2
Harp Design
Hammond Spinet Sale
Repair Chipped Ivory
Soundboard Repair



Servicing the Kansas City, Gladstone, Overland Park
metropolitan area
moving  tuning  repairing  rebuilding  concert rentals

Jones Piano House

5742 N. Lenox Ave 
          Kansas City,  MO  64151


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