Killing a 19th Century Steinway?

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  1. Renkenstein

    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    **Are piano cases veneered or solid timber?**


    I've got an unusual topic for discussion. I've got a friend that bought a mid 19th century Steinway square grand piano in rosewood several years ago. Everything I've found online points to this being Brazilian rosewood. I haven't seen it in person, but from scouring the internet, it appears that it's solid timber and not ply(plywood was invented after this would have been made, according to Google). My pal has conceded to the fact that he will never restore it due to the cost involved, and he'd rather see it go to use than waste away in storage. He's interested in using my shop to cannibalize the piano to repurpose the materials.

    Does anyone know anything about these pianos? Is there enough wood in the sides and top to get enough fretboards and drop tops to regain his investment money(~$1,500)? Will I go straight to hell for cutting up a 19th century Steinway?

    I need to make a trip out to his place to see what's actually usable, but I wanted to see if anyone out there had experience with this sort of thing before taking action. I've got plans in mind for the frame and legs as well(coffee table...hellooooo!!!)

    Pics not of actual piano, just reference.

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    You can see in this pic how thick that back piece is. If that's a solid chunk of Brazilian rosewood...think of the possibilities!!!
     
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  2. Renkenstein

    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    Or is it a rosewood veneer, rendering this whole thread moot?
     
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    HEADKNOCKER Active Member

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    Ebony Ivory Brass Nuts & Bridges..
    Scarf every last piece to sell online such as the tuning keys legs bench etc..
    Could be the score you've been looking for IF you got $1500 to invest in wood & the time to try an peddle the remains..
    That one pic does appear to have a 2 1/2" thick board at the rear, plus the top is already flat smooth... Looks Yummy!!
     
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    I'm not sure.... maybe try calling a piano shop or someone who is a restorer and ask how they were made back then? If that's solid, you've got a badass score for sure.
     
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    I think this would be the case, squares were marketed to the general public so solid rosewood, would put this way out of the price range they were aiming for.

    http://youtu.be/tQgI_YT6S-4?t=1m6s
     
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    JSH New Member

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    My Wifes 58' Lester Betsy Ross spinet is solid mahogany...:yum:
    But I'd be a dead man if I did that to it....
     
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    Renkenstein Well-Known Member

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    That was a cool video, I watched the whole thing.
    Too bad they did not mention what the BR veneer was sitting on. Maybe it's mahogany underneath?
    What else would they have used? Maple? Cherry, walnut?
     
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    Come on live on the edge :ohno:
     
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    Nope....
    :rofl:
     
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