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I've checked the John Broadwood site and cannot seem to find information on my particular piano. It is a 6'8" Boudior grand #2927. It is an antique - the strings are strung straight from soundboard to back instead of crossed. It has a rosewood cabinet. The keyboard goes from A to E (which is why I cannot seem to find it on the site. The soundboard is cast iron and the pegs are stripped. I want to determine if it is worthwhile to restore.

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The piano atlas says it might be from the 1850s. It is possible that it has unthreaded tuning pins. If you want to use it as an everyday piano, it is probably not worth your while. If you want it as a historical artifact, then you probably need to find an expert on such old pianos. The question would be whether it is better not to restore it, but that depends on the condition, which would need examination by an expert.


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Some pictures would be a considerable help.

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You might like to post about your piano on the "Shudi and Broadwood Fans" group on Facebook. This has a keen following and it is likely that somebody will be able to answer your questions.

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Originally Posted by MariaA
I want to determine if it is worthwhile to restore.

As BDB said, whether it's "worth" restoring depends on what you're goals are. If you want a piano to play, then no, it's almost certainly not worth restoring.

If you have other goals, then that's different.


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Maria, you have not given us very much information. Is the piano playable? Do you play it? Is it enjoyable to play? Does it have any particular problems that make you think restoration might be necessary? Is it a family piano to which you have a sentimental attachment? Would you enjoy the thought of playing a historical instrument?

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I had one, 1856 7'6". I've described it better in a later posting. It was an interesting piece pf history, but it had to go.


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