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Identify and Care for your piano parts and wood types

Seeing the woods for the trees: identify and care for your piano parts

Seeing the woods for the trees

We posted a blog earlier last year about the numerous different wood types used in various aspects and stages of piano making, including the pinblock, soundboard and action mechanism – and,

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Wood quality and types used in piano manufacturing

Wood quality and types used in piano manufacturing

Lumber Mill

One of the many factors in evaluating a piano and a primary one at that is the quality of the wood in which it is built. Many different types of wood are used in a piano for various parts.

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Ricca

Ricca, or Ricca & Son was established in 1891 by H.F. Ricca and E.I. Ricca, at 604 East 132 St. and 884 East 134th St., New York. By the mid 20’s the offices and factory was located at 97-99 Southern Blvd., New York. They bought the Ludwig PIano Company around 1933.

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Used pianos and tuning stability

One of the first things to consider about any used piano is tuning stability. Ask these questions; Can the piano be tuned? Will the piano hold its tune?

One major factor in the answer is the Pinblock.
• A pinblock is the part of the piano that holds the tuning pins.

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The piano soundboard

Piano soundboards are thin boards commonly made of spruce approximately 3/8″ thick glued together and extend from the bottom of the piano on a vertical, and tail of the piano on a grand, to the pin-block and then across the full width of the piano. The soundboard has a crown which is very important to the tone and resonance of the piano.

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Piano serial numbers

We are often asked to give a particular pianos age and most of the time it is based on finding a serial number so that we can cross reference with the date of manufacture.  Many piano manufacturers placed serial numbers in a variety of places.  Pianos also have other numbers printed on them such as part numbers and many other pianos do not have a serial number at all.

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How to clean piano keys

There are many types of piano key covering materials that have been used through the years.  Ivory, celluloid, plastic, walrus and even wooly mammoth to name a few. There are also many glues used in adhesion.  These glues can be unpredictable when used with chemical cleaners. It is best to stay clear of using any type of chemical cleaner to clean piano keys.

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Cast Iron, the best material for the piano’s plate.

The piano plate, sometimes called the frame or harp, is typically made from cast iron due to its high compression strength.  The strings of the piano are attached to the plate in conjunction with the wooden frame and soundboard, and which the tension of the strings are supported. Many piano manufacturer’s use the O.S.

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