kimball piano

yesterday jared and i found a few free piano's on craigslist. there were two we really wanted, one was exactly the same as the one i grew up with in my house, the other a beautiful console. sadly, no one answered the phone when we called about those.

regardless, we drove across town with a new pack of tie-down straps (a toll designed almost entirely to make you angry, those things are a pain to use) and picked up a piano. it's a kimball made in chicago sometime in the 1930's.

it was in decent shape, although very dirty and out of tune. we spent most of the evening trying to figure out how to get it OUT of my truck and then taking it apart and cleaning it. there are a lot of parts on the inside of these things. here are some pictures of the process.

'the only manufacturer thus honored' is a pretty lofty claim.

tons of dirt and grim on, between, and under the keys. we took each key out, brushed them, cleaned the ivory and wood, cleaned the pegs, and vac'd all the dust and dirt out from underneath.


i think someone spilled an entire pot of coffee inside this guy.

every key. luckily each one was numbered, so getting them back in correctly was not quite as difficult.

mostly finished product.

a few keys still stick in the higher octaves and it is desperately out of tune, although in tune with itself at least. but all in all, not bad for the cost of a pack of tie down straps and a 30 mile drive. everything is functional and with some tuning i think it will sound really nice.

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  1. Debbie @ Cheaper by the Bakers Dozen August 31, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    couple things....
    -Cool piano
    -I could only recognize you by your blue underwear (that was accidentally showing....!)
    -Why would anyone get a tattoo of an old TV? (and thank you a million times that it's not your tattoo. It's not, is it?)

    Love, MOM

  2. hunter September 1, 2009 at 12:53 AM

    not my undies, not my tattoo.

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