Sounding Board

The sounding board acts as the “speaker” of the piano. It picks up the vibration of the strings (via the bridges), with a life span determined mostly by the fluctuation and level of humidity over the decades. A lot of times the board can be repaired by re-glueing the sounding board ribs and shimming, but sometimes sounding boards need to be replaced. When we replace sounding boards we use Alaskan Sitka Spruce that we carefully prepare.

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Here we are re-glueing the original sounding board to the sounding board ribs using special clamps.

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These clamps are used to hold the sounding board to the rib while the glue dries.

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Here you can see a repaired sounding board on a small grand.

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This particular sounding board on a Steinway grand could not be saved so we removed it and manufactured a new one.

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Here you can see the new sounding board on this Steinway.

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New sounding board and bridge installed.

Repairing or replacing the sounding board is part of the rebuilding / restoration process.

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