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Restoration of Steinweg piano

The classic Steinweg baby-grand piano that used to grace the foyer of the Port Fairy's Reardon Theatre has been restored to its former glory by the Port Fairy Men's Shed.

After enduring some rough treatment over the years, it eventaully got the care and attention it deserves at the Men's Shed thanks in the main to Shedders, Alan Nightingale assisted by Nick Abbott.  Alan and Nick carried out most of the work restoring the fabric of the piano with much resurfacing and re-painting.

Albert Fox, a renowned expert in piano restoration from East Gippsland, dropped into the Shed offer advice and encouragement and liked what he saw and heard.

Now that the outer fabric of the piano has been restored this remarkable piece is back looking its shiny best.  The challenge was thento find funding to get it re-tuned so that it will also sound its best!  Although tuning is not the responsibility of the Men's Shed they were keen to see the project fully completed.  As a consequence, the Moyne Shire Council agreed to provide $2,500 towards the tuning and final restoration of the keyboard of the piano by specialist, Albert Fox.  The work is expected to be completed by Albert in February 2012 which will make it a fully operational and valuable piano that will be on show and for use at the Reardon Theatre.

The history of the piano has also been investigated and is reported to be a valuable item.

Alan Nightingale works on the pianoAlan Nightingale works on the restoration of the piano
The finished pianoProud shedders show off the piano
The final polish