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A complete restoration of B÷sendorfer grand piano from 1901

"I thank very much to PPH Collegium for a beautifully repaired instrument, which has been brought back into life. The repair has been made on the top level, with maximum respect for a historical value of this grand piano and its original status. This can also be confirmed by numerous pianists, which are very impressed by a sonority of this instrument and a precise play. The pianists can't often believe the real age of the piano.

I am very glad that I can sincerely recommend PPH Collegium to anyone, who is thinking about a similar 'rebirth' of their piano".

Mgr. Vladimira Splichalova


A complete restoration of B÷sendorfer grand piano from 1901

A complete restoration of B÷sendorfer grand piano from 1901, placed in the Antonin Dvorak Memorial in Vysoka u Pribrami (http://www.antonindvorak.cz), has been one of the most challenging and most complex repairs our company has ever worked on.

This grand piano has been a part of a permanent exhibition for already more than fifty years. It was originally in possession of Count Vaclav Kounic - Dvorak's brother-in-law and the owner of Vysoka estate. As a frequent visitor of Kounic's summer house, the composer used the piano with pleasure for playing and composing.


A complete restoration of B÷sendorfer grand piano from 1901The instrument underwent a partly restoration in the beginning of 1990's; unfortunately it was not very successful.

In 2009, Mgr. Vladimira Splichalova, the director of the Memorial, came to us with a request for a complete instrument restoration, which would brought the instrument back into its original state. Using the original technology and materials was a necessary condition of this repair.


A complete restoration of B÷sendorfer grand piano from 1901

The whole instrument was disassembled during the repair and following tasks were performed - a replacement of the original cracked pin block, a repair of the cracked sound board, as well as a repair of also cracked outer rim, lacquering of the cast-iron frame. We provided a new string coating and we newly assembled the inner element. The hammers were replaced for new ones during the instrument action repair, according to the original technical and acoustic specification. The original damper bodies were kept with only the damper-head felt exchanged. Also, all other worn and damaged action components were replaced. The keyboard was restored, including the original key bushing made from ivory.

Providing the new finishing by the original technology was one the most complicated tasks during the repair. Before the original spirit lacquer could be laid on, the modern polyurethane lacquer had to be removed. It was unsuitably used during the previous repair. The application of a spirit lacquer, which is the manual authentic technology, is one of the most demanding surface finishing.

The authentic look of the instrument is the result of our restoration. The grand piano is no more only a museum exhibit, but it also has excellent sound and technical qualities. A well-known pianist Ivo Kahanek proved this statement during his concert in honour of F. Chopin.

Grand piano during the restoration

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Grand piano after the restoration

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