In terms of major restoration work, the replacement of a Pin Block in an upright piano is perhaps the most ambitious task a rebuilder will ever undertake. The photos below may give you some idea of the complexity of the job. Bear in mind that the new pin block is twice as thick as the original one, and instead of just three layers of laminations, there are seventeen layers in the new block.
Some very kind words from the owner:
"John Tuttle is a not only master rebuilder, but is one of the most
conscientious and ethical individuals I have ever met. When he first
"examined" my 1914 Wurlitzer Style I nickelodeon, I had already expended
much energy -- and quite a bit of money -- in attempting to breathe life
into "Charles" (as later Christened by John). After seeing the Player-Care
website, I knew I had fortuitously found who I was looking for; someone
with the skills and dedication to get the job done, who obviously loved what
he did and happily shared his knowledge with others, as evidenced by his
website. I waited until he had an opening, and when he did, John traveled
many miles to my home to evaluate the piano, and shortly thereafter I
shipped it to his workshop. What returned was nothing short of a miracle; an
instrument playing so brightly and beautifully that it brought tears to my
eyes (well, actually, I cried like a baby!) It was truly a rebirth, made
possible by the dedication of John and Pandora Tuttle."
Signed: Cheryl Podolsky
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