May 7th, 2005 – Keyboard, Corison, Crud, Signatures and Stamps…

Time to check out the keyboard. The #1 part of the instrument, inspected by everybody.

Signatures and a Date – Today I got a good idea of how old this instrument is. Can you read it? 1879.

The back side of the keys – the brass posts they sit on seem to have a little corison, but otherwise look fairly good.

Again the felt pads aren’t looking too good, but the front brass pegs look fair and those pads will clean up with out much difficulty.

The keys are simply in need of some TLC. Time to bust out the Q-Tips and start cleaning. I actually moved into cotton balls because they were less expensive and covered more area quickly.