Our beloved box grand piano is due for a tuning.
It hasn’t been worked on since some of the Campbells were still alive, so we’re easily talking 100 years. Four keys didn’t do anything, and the sound? Three words: Nails. On. Chalkboard. Virginia bought the Schomacker & Co. piano in Philadelphia shortly after the Campbells moved in. The original price was $500, but she got a $25 discount.
We thought if the piano was repaired, cleaned up and tuned, we could host mini concerts in the parlor and have other events where the piano could be featured. (You know, use the piano like the Campbells did.) We want the piano to sound and function as well as it looks.
Today, JoAnn from Kapstan Piano Services came over to begin working on it. Take a look at what she did:
Work is going to continue into next week. Stay tuned (get it?!) for more pictures and hopefully video of the piano in action!