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Modern pianos are assembled with a wide variety of finishes, glues and lubricants, while most pre-WWII instruments were assembled with only animal glue and finished with French-polished shellac. Fortunately, these materials have stood the test of time better than most modern materials. In a proper historical restoration only original finishes and glues should be used. This ensures that future restoration can be accurately and properly performed as these older and more reliable materials are easily reversed and are appropriate to the instrument’s original construction.
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