Baldwin Grand @ Dicken’s Parlour Theatre

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The Dicken’s Parlour Theatre in Millville, DE, rented our Baldwin Model L 6’3” Grand Piano for an upcoming concert. For more info on the Dicken’s Parlour Theatre Go Here!

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Crunch!

 

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Driving through Salisbury and came across this poor old soul. Not sure if it was a failed move or just a “Don’t want it anymore and push it off the porch”. Either way… a sad end to a piano.

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Broadwood & Sons Grand Piano Move

Square back grand from the early 1900’s. Made in London, and intricately inlaid with pictures of flowers and musical instruments. Absolutely amazing condition!!

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New Piano Moving Toy

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Today we received our new grand piano tilter from Moon Dog Manufacturing. The yellow bracket thingey bolts in place of the lyre(pedal) assembly. Then the piano can be easily rolled onto it’s side. I’ll be sure to post some pics the first time we use it.

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Broken String Bass End Pin

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Left Pic – Broken String Bass End Pin with part of it still stuck inside
Right Pic – How else would you get out a broken bass end pin….a valve slide expander, of course…

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Left Pic – I just slid it in, tightened the knob to expand the end a bit, and pulled the broken piece out
Right Pic – Replacement end pin is too big; it will need to be trimmed down

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Left Pic – Chucked up in the lathe and slowly trim down the taper
Right Pic – Checking with the calipers

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Left Pic – almost ready to go…final fitting was done with a band sander

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Flute Tonehole & Key Repair

This flute came in with the A Key bent backwards so far, the foot caught on the lip of the tone hole, and subsequently broke, damaging the tone hole lip as well.

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Left Pic – Damage to the rear of the A tone hole
Right Pic – A better viewpoint of the damage

 

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Left Pic – After rolling the lip back over, I still have a high spot at the rear of the tone hole
Right Pic – Using a small tone hole file, I lower the high spot

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Left Pic – High spot gone
Right Pic – Now to fix the broken foot on the A Key

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Left Pic – Ready for brazing
Right Pic – All brazed, ready for cleanup

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All fixed and ready to go

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How We Move A Vertical Piano

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Left Pic – Ramp and 6-wheel dolly ready to go
Right Pic – Dolly in front of piano, carpet runner in position

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Left Pic – Piano lifted onto dolly; Gary making sure it doesn’t go anywhere
Right Pic – Out into hallway; tight fit, had to come into foyer with front door closed, spin into hallway, open door, then out the door.

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Left Pic – Out the front door, ready to come down ramp
Right Pic – Out in the driveway, ready to move into trailer

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Left Pic – In the trailer, all ready for padding and strapping in
Right Pic – Padded, strapped in, ready to go

Delivery is basically this process in reverse. Like anything else , if you have the right equipment, it isn’t that complicated.

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