Thanks for visiting my blog! Here I’ve posted examples of my work, and where I document my current projects. If I’m working on a particularly complicated project of yours, it will be easy to see the progress. And though a picture is never the same as holding a great instrument in your hand, you’ll see the process I go through to get your baby back into tip top shape. Check out the bottom of the page for categories, and feel free to post a comment, or question. I’m happy to create a dialogue with anyone about their particular instrument!
– John Keane
Holy Prior Lake Piano, Batman! Can you believe it’s been almost a year since John Keane has posted anything on this Blog? Well Robin, you know, he’s a “busy man” and a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do. Yes, Batman but fer Chrissake, a year?! No Robin, almost a year… Call Ripley’s and tell ’em!
Over the last year, I’ve done a fair number of piano action restorations and refurbishings for customers with old family heirloom upright pianos. I’ve always had a soft spot for these behemoths as many of them were fine instruments in their day. It’s been encouraging to see more people deciding to keep their lovely old uprights and have them put into reasonable playing condition. Many of these instruments are neglected, abandoned or simply disposed of. Some are beyond repair but can still be re-purposed as shop workbenches or even made into desks, entertainment centers etc.( http://www.pianodesk.com ). Check out what this guy is doing with old uprights which are FUBAR. Many thanks to my customers who have allowed me to breathe new life into their old upright pianos!
John W. Keane RPT
'53 Martin 0-18
While at TJ Thompson’s shop, I had the opportunity to work on this lovely little ’53 Martin 0-18 for him. Good Times!
I recently spent 4 fabulous days in the shop of my former boss and guitar repair mentor TJ Thompson. TJ is a renowned Martin guitar restoration man and also builds guitars which start around $20,000. Here is a batch of instruments underway. He currently has a backlog of 30 guitars so get your order in early!
It was on my “bucket list” to build an acoustic guitar from scratch and dye it red with an amber shellac finish. In conjunction with a class at the local Woodcraft store taught by Todd Lunneborg, a guitar maker from Andover, MN and a disciple of Jim Olson, I completed this instrument as a gift for my wife Joan.
Here I’m working on some Steinway grand dampers which are receiving fresh felt. If only the shop could always look so clean and orderly!
Ole the Cat is decidedly nonplussed with the set-up work I did on this violin. I, however, know that all is well with this instrument.