Bringing a Steinway Back to Life

Today we are beginning the journey of partially restoring a Steinway Model M baby grand piano manufactured in 1917. The piano has run in the owner's family since the 1940s but hasn't been played very much. I am going to be partially restoring this instrument - installing a brand new set of strings and tuning pins, new felt, cleaning the instrument, and reshaping the hammers. As you can see in the pictures, the piano was just a tad bit dusty! The strings sound old and dead, certainly not the Steinway sound! One of the first steps is to take the tension off the strings gradually, and you can see the strings are already a little loose. With 100 trips around the sun, the felt on this piano is sh

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