Theater piano gets its 100-year checkup

Every once in awhile, even a classic Steinway & Sons concert piano needs a little tender loving care.

That care was administered to the 113-year-old Steinway that has been at the  Teatro Popular Melico Salazar downtown for 35 years. The piano is a nine-foot grand that came from the company’s German factory at the beginning of the 20th century.

Steinway has been making pianos for 160 years, and one like the concert grand contains up to 13,000 parts, the company said.

Although Steinway has a world famous restoration service, the ministry here put the instrument under the care of José Sojo, the restoration expert with the Centro Nacional de la Música. The ministry noted he has 22 years experience with this type of work.

The job took eight persons and 850 work hours. The ministry noted that only original Steinway parts were imported and used. The German company notes that there is a steady market in non-standard piano parts.

The ministry estimated that the restored piano is now worth in excess of $100,000. A re-inaugural concert is being planned.

Workmen unload the restored grand piano at the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar.

Workmen unload the restored grand piano at the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar.

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