After 45 years, Grandma Carrier’s Piano Sings Again!

Today, piano technician George Knotek finished work on our new-old piano.

Lynn’s grandmother, Helen Slattery Carrier, was a piano teacher. Long after she stopped giving lessons, knowing that I was the only relative who played, she left this piano to Lynn. It spent the years since 1971 at Lynn’s mother’s house, and when the house was sold last May, we finally sent it to George for rebuilding.

This is a Wurlitzer baby grand made in 1934. At 4’6″, it’s the smallest grand I’ve played, but
after George’s expert attention, it sounds much bigger. He refinished the sound board and plate; replaced the strings; refaced the white keys and refinished the sharps; and regulated, voiced, and tuned it. Eden Finishing in Slavic Village sanded down and refinished the aged mahogany case.

I’m proud to make Grandma Carrier’s piano sing again!

Author: StgCoach

Retired teacher and public education leader. Pastoral musician, community activist, parliamentarian, and photographer.