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#1 posted 11-15-2012 08:18 PM

Those old pianos are always veneer, and in many of those pianos, particularly the best, there was virtually no surface not veneered. There might be only a few solid pieces, such as the strip on the bottom of the music desk, or the blocks on either side of the keybed. Usually underneath the veneer was a strong hardwood such as oak that is able to withstand the high tension of the piano. So I’m assuming you’re talking about harvesting the veneer?

I would imagine the veneer was put on with hide glue and maybe it could be taken off without too much damage? It is fairly thick. When I refinished a piano last year I had to replace some of the veneer, and the old stuff was probably somewhere near a 1/16” thick.


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