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I've recently moved my grandparents' piano to my house, and while I'm sure it's monetary value is small, it has huge sentimental value to me. I'm curious about the piano's age.  It was made by Wesley Piano Co. and its serial number is 18909.
The piano has a number of ivories that broke off over the years, but Grandma kept them all and I'm wondering if i should attempt to re-adhere them to the keys, and if so, what would you suggest to use?  I'm fairly certain that having them professionally restored is out of the budget.

Hi Kari:

This piano was made by Raudenbush and Sons from St. Paul MN in 1908.

You can glue the ivories back on with any normal household glue.

I use wood glue you can get at any home store. Spread a thin coat on the key and let it sit and get tacky before applying the ivory. You can hold it in place for a minute and chances are it will never come off again.

Look closely at the ivories, they go to specific keys. You can tell by how the back of the key matches the rest of the ivory tail. It may take a bit to get them matched up but after examining them you'll soon get the hang of it.

If you're going to get the piano tuned, the technician can glue these on for you in minutes. Go to http://www.ptg.org to find a registered technician in your area.

Congratulations on your acquisition. It's beautiful even if the monetary value is small...and you can't put a value on "heirloom"!

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