Month: March 2017

Cleaning Up

Pianos tend to collect a good bit of dust, dirt, and everything else. Before many repairs can be made, the piano need to be thoroughly cleaned. First, we try to get everything that will come off with a vacuum. While…

Starting The Action (step 1)

While the cabinet is being cleaned and repaired – the work on that action can begin. Overall, the action parts (i.e. the wood) is in good condition. No signs of brittleness, warpage, etc.. So, to help reduce costs, most of…

The Piano

The subject of this semi-rebuilding will be an A.M. McPhail upright, built in 1889 (2 years before the company became a corporation). As can be expected from a 128 year old piano, it is very dirty. Lots,and lots of dust,…

Wm. Knabe & Co.

Wm. Knabe & Co. was a piano manufacturing company in Baltimore, Maryland from the middle of the nineteenth century through the beginning of the 20th century, and continued as a division of Aeolian-American at East Rochester, New York until 1982.…

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You may wonder where all the old blog posts have gone. The old blog seems to have had a problem and the older posts were lost.
We may, as we get time, begin reposting the old articles.
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Background Story

A customer approached us about possibly semi-rebuilding an 1880’s A.M. McPhail upright they had found. The instrument was being given away by a local group which did not have any use for the instrument. Though the piano was in very rough shape,…

A. M. McPhail

Andrew M. McPhail founded the A.M. McPhail Piano Company in Boston Massachusetts during the year of 1837. McPhail’s production standards resulted in very high quality instruments. The company was incorporated in 1891. The A.M. McPhail company was one of the…