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Nickel Used on Old Piano Hardware


I sure have learned a great deal reading this forum. Thanks folks!

What nickel was used on piano hardware (pedals, hinges, screws) in the early 1900s? The bright nickel I've been using looks a little cold compared to what I see on the old parts. I'm comparing it to parts from the inside that haven't oxidized much so I don't think It's just that. Is there anything I could do besides backing off on the brighteners or altering surface prep to match the old nickel if indeed it's different?

Richard Anderson
Anderson Piano Service - Elgin, IL,USA

November 2013

Hi Richard. My understanding is that no brighteners were used at all, and the parts were hand buffed to whatever degree of brightness you see. Good luck.


Ted Mooney,
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Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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