Today I got an email from a man who specializes in restoring antique pianos and learned many interesting things about mine.
I learned that the company that made it produced some of the consistently finest pianos of the time.
I learned that it is not oak or maple or walnut with a reddish stain, it is mahogany. The keys are ivory and the sharps are ebony. For real.
I learned that the wood that makes up the soundboard in the back is very likely two or three *hundred* years old and very very dense compared to the wood used in modern piano soundboards. This causes it to have a lovely, resonating tone which, frankly, Paul and I have already noticed – Paul described it yesterday as ‘filling the house’.
The piano itself, according to the serial number, was made in 1920 exactly.
I learned that the lady who tuned it yesterday really knew her stuff – she told me that she was going to tune the piano just a little flat when compared to modern pianos because pianos a hundred years ago were made to be tuned a bit flatter and also because she has to assume the strings are 90-something years old and may start breaking if she tunes them too tightly. The email I got today told me almost exactly the same thing. It also told me that when it’s in tune, there are 17 TONS of pressure on those strings.
I also learned that if at some point I want to have it restored it will take around a year and cost lots of money dollars. But it’ll probably be worth it. Maybe I’ll win the lottery.