Piano Gal

Do you remember Betty? Well, her journey took a turn that I would have never anticipated. I thought she was destined to be a playable piano again, but I guess you just never know what the future will hold. As it turns out, shortly after the Piano Bar commission was complete, I was contacted by a nice fellow who was interested in having a Baby Grand Piano Bookcase custom made. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. We found a free baby grand on Craigslist and had it delivered to the shop. Well, when I arrived, I couldn’t believe what great condition it was in for being free and it’s a Kohler and Campbell. I was in a quandry. I can’t chop up a functional piano. Nope, nope. So, Betty decided she’d volunteer as tribute. She would change the direction of her life and become a bookcase. And onward we moved.

The process of gutting a baby grand piano ain’t for the faint of heart. There are lots of saws involved….miter saws, reciprocating saws, hand saws and probably another one that I can’t think of at the moment. Once all the inerds were chopped out (the necessary ones to maintain its structural integrity remained intact), I began to putty and sand to make things as even as I could. The wood for the shelving is a pine piece which is strong enough not to warp with books over time. No cheap stuff!

Then there was a lot of leveling, painting, more sanding, securing, cutting the piano keys, then regluing them back in, adding trim, yada yada yada and then voila! Well, there was a whole heck of a lot more than that, but it would take all day. So, there ya go. One big detail that should be mentioned is that a grand piano’s original purpose is not to stand up. So, when stood up like a bookcase, it’s going to tip forward. Ah!!!!! To remedy this issue, I build stands on the front out of wood and large, metal L brackets. Then, it’ll also be secured directly on the wall with smaller L brackets, so that it’s child proof.

That’s it. Easy, eh? Hahahahaha! Just kidding. If you want a baby grand piano bookcase, you just call me and I’ll make one for you. Mkay?68958_691527064273932_4639356376084538513_n 1920413_691527184273920_2519511480727751103_n 10320362_691527104273928_2462924324305094434_n 10320416_691527040940601_127266504574119767_n 10450373_691527207607251_5574139809519096037_n 10647146_691527157607256_400818562406375304_n 10671238_691527127607259_5112775576026744984_n 20141018_165626 20141018_165642 20141023_123146 20141023_123203 20141023_123221 20141023_123236 20141023_123244 20141027_143218 20141108_145629 20141108_145641 _MG_0072

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Marta is the owner of The Piano Gal Shop, a piano tuner/technician, piano upcycler, artist, pianist, singer, voice and piano teacher, mom of 2 boys, and wife to an awesome guy.