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Maybe a note to Bechstein would produce some interesting results. There are a lot of these old ones floating around, and a new Concert 8 or 124 could do worse.

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Originally Posted by Maestro Lennie
There was a thread about dropping modern pianos into old cases. This would be a prime candidate if the measurements worked out right!
True, though some restored uprights can really have a beautiful tone,because they have survived well and/or have been well restored.If rebuilt properly I think they can have a good action too.
I think that the action of the modern upright is generally excellent although in the more massed produced examples the
tone can sometimes be very much "out of the same can."(or it could be just me who also tends to be more romantic)

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We'll see how this one behaves/sounds. They also have an old Steinway K, a few more Bechsteins, and the Feurich line to provide a bit of a reality check, in case I get too sucked into the romance of klaviers gone by.

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Oops-- Hamburg K (1930ish, rosewood) now 'reserved'. Oh, well. That would have been a pain to bring to the US, being younger than antique, and filled with precious wood and ivory. The Bechsteins are all pre-WWI.

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and if the pins are not rock solid you can always put CA glue (just kidding).

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I think those models were tuned at the factory, so shouldn't be a problem.

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So would you have the piano (Bechstein 1924) restored/rebuilt in the UK and then ship to US? It sounds like you are in the UK at the moment.Perhaps better to restore here? (just thinking of the piano being shipped over) It would probably would suffer no problems related to the shipping though.(not sure)

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and if the pins are not rock solid you can always put CA glue (just kidding).
That's what we do not want!


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Originally Posted by tre corda
So would you have the piano (Bechstein 1924) restored/rebuilt in the UK and then ship to US? It sounds like you are in the UK at the moment.Perhaps better to restore here? (just thinking of the piano being shipped over) It would probably would suffer no problems related to the shipping though.(not sure)

I split my time these days. But the vintage German uprights seem more plentiful in the UK, and they are more sensible for squeezing into a temporary flat. (Size, price.)

If I find one worth living with in the longer term, that would be another $5k shipping to the US and possibly some additional restoration. But worth keeping as an option.

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and if the pins are not rock solid you can always put CA glue (just kidding).
That's what we do not want!

agreed, it's just gross, bad for the metal, bad for the wood.

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