I must say I was awestruck in the same way I was when I first disassembled a vintage typewriter. How did someone design and make all these varied pieces (and then actually make it work)? They really are little miracles we take for granted.
Here are a few photos.
The top of a big Rubbermaid full of keys.
We are still left with the cabinet and the "harp", the wires strung under incredibly high tension that make the notes. (That was the scary part of the YouTube video....watching that guy cut through those high-tension wires. One piano tuner commented that the wires have a combined tension of something like 130,000 pounds of tension....so watch out!) Wish I could keep the harp as it is lovely to make music on...but it has to remain on the "sounding board" on the back of the piano which is the other very heavy, very large part of the piano (besides the harp which is cast iron). Don't know yet what we will do with it.
But a job well done, Jake and Nils!