WH Paling Victor Player Piano (Pianola)

A New Year, A New Restoration.

The new year brings with it a new restoration project. This latest project is a Victor WH Paling Player Piano or pianola, as they are often called. This particular restoration will involve a total rebuild of the player piano action, as the player piano is not in working order at all.

Throughout this diary, i will be documenting each part of the restoration process, so you will be able to follow along and see all that is involved with this particular rebuild.

Restoration of a Collard & Collard square piano

This is a restoration diary for a Collard and Collard (late Clementi) Square Piano.

Collard & Collard (late Clementi) Nameboard
External cabinet & key cover

Upon first inspection it was realised that the instrument was in a very run-down condition. The cabinet, the action and the keys were all suffering from many years of use and perhaps misuse. This is going to be a major job to restore the piano back to playing condition.

Collard & Collard Square Piano

The initial task is to remove the action, keys etc for cleaning and to assess the overall condition and determine the work that needs to be done.