Viennese Grand by Johann Fritz, circa 1814
This Viennese Grand was brought to the UK from the USA where it had lived for the longer part of its life. This restoration required an extensive amount of rebuilding: the original soundboard had misguidedly been replaced with a plywood one, the action was virtually unworkable but fortunately almost complete, and the original tuning pins had been replaced with modern ones. There was also the matter of lost and damaged casework decorations. Much of the latter part of the restoration was undertaken by Adrian Jones (damaged casework) and Andrew Garlick (casework decorations).
Owner and Restorer with Johann Fritz
New Soundboard and Barring for Fritz
Johann Fritz Grand 'at home' in Mobbs Keyboard Collection
The images shown here by kind permission of the owners Kenneth and Mary Mobbs.