Hi all, I bought an old grand piano at an auction and it needs refinishing. I haven't figured out how old it is but it at least predates 1940, when the company stopped production of their grands.
The finish is blemished or deteriorated to the point where much contact causes it to crumble. I guess it is a varnish of some sort. The wood is ribbon Mahogany and I want to bring it back to it's original glory. It does look like the original finish was stained to darken the mahogany. I don't know if mahogany darkens with age or sun oxidation. There is a small piece of veneer missing. I plan on replacing that and blending it in to the old veneer.
Other than that I might build a ribbon mahogany bench to match the piano. The bench that came with it is not the original.
My concerns have to do with the refinishing process. The veneer looks to be pretty thin so I want to remove the finish without hurting the veneer.