Workshop Projects

The core of the business. This is where I will be posting the latest updates from the workshop. You can follow ongoing progress to the various jobs that come along day by day.

Unit Block Valves

Amphion actions use valves that are individually mounted in separate wooden blocks.

Amphion Player Piano Action

Restoration of a Collard & Collard (late Clementi) square piano

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

Mouse house or piano?

This little upright piano had a mouse take up residence, and it decided to remove most of the tapes from the action to use as bedding for its nest.

Restoration of a Collard & Collard (late Clementi) Square Piano

This is a diary, documenting the restoration of a Collard & Collard (late Clementi, Collard & Collard) Square Piano.

Wind Motor

Beale Upright Action

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 […]

The Restoration Commences

Work has now commenced on my latest player piano (pianola) restoration project. Firstly, all the components from the entire player piano action must be removed from the piano. Pictured below are the various parts of the player piano action.

Disassembling the Lower Player Piano Action

The lower player piano action consists of numerous components. These include the pumping bellows, pumping pedals, reservoirs and trunk. Various gaskets and valves will be found located here also. All of these parts must be disasembled so that the restoration work can commence on each individual component.

Collard & Collard (late Clementi, Collard & Collard) Square Piano – Photo Journal

Collard & Collard Square Piano Restoration Project – Photo Journal