Restoration of a Strich & Zeidler Upright Piano

This Instrument Was Restored For A Young Professional Family Who Believed In The Beauty Of The Older Pianos And Wanted To Pass This Treasure On To Their Daughter

The piano is a wonderful example of a "turn of the century" (1900) instrument that was severely damaged and distressed before restoration was done.

The piano was made in the first quarter of 1900. The manufacturer was the Strich & Zeidler Piano Company, 740 - 742 East 136th Street in New York City. At around 1900 they also had offices and a plant at 134th & Brook Avenue in New York City. The first pianos were produced in 1900 and they went out of business in 1924.

The case of this instrument is constructed of veneered "quarter sawed" oak and is a "mission style" piano.

When I first saw the piano, I found that the bottom of the legs had been sawed off and the veneer in many areas was warped and lifting off, probably from being wet at one time or another. The toe blocks were loose from the main case and someone had put lots of various size and types of screws in to hold it together. The piano was propped up on some wooden blocks to keep it from falling forward. It had no casters that were operative.

The case required fabricating new toe blocks, support trusses and legs. The warped and missing veneer required replacement on large areas of the instrument.

The action required complete refurbishment and the harp had many missing strings requiring complete restringing and new pins.

The following photos show before and after views of this instrument:

Side View Before Restoration

Damaged Table & Leg

Broken Fallboard Showing Decal

Rotted & Broken Corner

Broken & Missing Toes

Wrinkled & Missing Top Veneer