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 Performing - Studying - Exhibiting - Conserving

A 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation    email contact

        Bill Shull, RPT, M.Mus.  Founder and President

       610 Amigos Dr C,  Redlands, CA  92373  909 796-4226     PERIOD PIANO CENTER SINCE 2006                       

We seek to rediscover the art of the piano as the composer heard it on the instruments of the time;  to collect and study the instruments themselves, conserving many for history, and performing on many, so we might rediscover history’s magic.  We exhibit and curate instruments, tell the great stories of piano and society, and study the history of the piano, its technology and its builders.






Steinway 7’2” Grand #24681 Rosewood, 1871

Loan from the William Shull Collection, and currently being given a restorative conservation, nearly complete.  This piano was used for decades by a large school district near Los Angeles, and came to us with a 1960 rebuild, which repaired the pinblock, soundboard, and replaced the hammers.  Since then abusive cabinet repairs were made by the school district maintenance department.

We have retained most original action parts and original pinblock and soundboard, with the least amount of invasive repairs.  We have kept the original key leading, which, at first glance, seems excessive, but actually reflects a design which was functional based on the original action ratios and hammer weights.  Therefore we have replaced the existing heavy, replacement hammers by having a new set made to specifications we have obtained from an original set of hammers from a similar 7’2” Steinway grand, and this piano has become a responsive instrument.  It is an excellent and rare example of the intention of the builder.  The restoration of this piano provides the basis for the class to be taught at the Piano Technicians Guild Convention in 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

Steinway 24681 Patent Resonator high treble screw

Treble Patent Resonator - soundboard compression hardware in high treble

Front duplex bar and agraffes 26681

Front duplex with agraffes (first generation duplex)

Steinway Style 2 24681 Side view action compr

Rocker with whip sticker.  Tubular mettalic action frame is only 2 years in production when piano was built

Patent Resonator 24681 bass cutoff

Bass Patent Resonator - soundboard compression hardware in bass

Steinway 24681 log entry scan
Broadwood Square 8

Above is the excerpt from the microfilm of the “number book” available at the Wagner Steinway Archives and the National American History Museum Library.

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