Désiré is working on replicating the action frame. We've opted to make it from wood as making it from metal would cost a lot more. The brackets would need to be cast and we'd need to try to source special metals for the rest. Obviously, the concern with wood is whether it warps with the climate, but there's only one way to find out.
Hopefully, we'll finish stringing early next week. Whilst Dés works on the front of the piano, the legs and keys, Marion will start putting the hammers back on the old Lirika action so that we can use it to tune the new piano.
By our reasoning, there's no point starting to make a new action until we know that the new piano can be pulled up to tune and sounds good. Providing everything is in order, we'll turn our attention to whippens, jacks and hammers.