Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Dominion piano


Hello - I recently inspected a Dominion upright piano and noticed that there were no bushings at all at the base of the tuning pins. Is this typical and, if not, would this make this piano impossible to tune? Also, the serial # is 16868. I would appreciate very much if you could tell me when this piano was manufactured.


Hi Deane:

Those little wooden tuning pin bushings are irrelevant to the piano's viability.

In the very, very very old days, the piano's pin block was drilled by hand using bow drills at first then electric hand drills...now...very accurate drill presses.

The bushings helped to center the bit during the drilling process.

You'll find the most expensive pianos today don't have bushings. In Fact the only manufacturers that use them today put them there because they just don't know why they were there in the first place.

The bushing has no real strength. It's the pin block under the steel plate that is doing all the work.

You piano was manufactured in 1905.

I hope that helped.

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