I bought this piano for family use in 1985 from Ingo Hofmann, a well-known and respected piano technician in New York City, who was selling it on behalf of its owner, Igor Buketoff, the American conductor and Rachmaninoff expert. It was Mr. Buketoff's personal piano, which he kept in his Manhattan apartment. It had been maintained by Mr. Hoffman for a number of years and was in superb, professional-level playing condition.
In 2001, after our children’s piano lessons had concluded, I had the piano fully restored by Walter Connell, a highly regarded registered piano technician in Dallas. The restoration included:
• Restring with new bass strings, tuning pins and felt/treble wire
• New pinblock
• New agraffes
• Refinish soundboard
• Repin treble and bass bridge
• Refinish plate
• New damper felts
• Rebrush damper guide rail
• Recondition levers
• Damper regulation
• Rehang hammers with new shanks and flanges
• Action regulation
• Bleach and polish keytops
• Key bushings
• Refinish case, including hardware replating
Since restoration, the piano has been played very infrequently. It has been tuned regularly, earlier by Mr. Connell in Dallas and more recently by registered piano technicians in Santa Fe. Currently, action regulation is recommended.
This piano has been meticulously maintained in temperature, humidity, and air-quality controlled and sun-protected environments. It produces rich, powerful, yet crisp and elegant, sound, and it is a beautiful object, with a wonderfully figured African Mahogany case, that enhances any space of appropriate dimensions.
Matching bench and custom cover included.