Ivers and Pond 5'8" Grand
In "The Piano Book" by Larry Fine, he lists 32 piano makers from pre 1930 whos instruments are desireable to rebuild. Maybe it's just coincidence but Ivers and Pond is listed 4th after Steinway, Knabe, and Bosendorfer. In my experience Ivers and Pond is a high quality maker comparable to any American piano maker in the early 20th century with a thick hardwood maple inner rim and heavy support beams making for a solid foundation.
I have replaced the soundboard and bridges with my own custom design to obtain a fuller sound with a smoother transition across the tenor/bass break. I added a transition bridge with seven wound bichord unisons to replace the lowest 7 trichord unisons based on calculations of inharmonicity, loudness and tension, I also shortened the bass string speaking lengths in order to eliminate the dreaded apron for a more efficient direct connection to the soundboard, move the bass bridge closer to the center of the soundboard and lengthen the back string lengths behind the bridge to allow for freer bridge movement coupled with a cutoff bar to help control resonance and increase efficiency of the soundboard. The result is more resonance and clarity in the low end and a hardly noticeable bass break. This easily compares to any Steinway M (also 5'8") I've heard.
The Action has been rebuilt with new Ronson Wurtzen Hammers for a slightly dark, full sound. The pinblock has been replaced and the piano restrung with Roslau plain treble string wire , and bass strings custom made by James Arledge.
The case is Mahogany with clear acrylic laquer hand rubbed to a high luster satin sheen. There is also a matching mahogany bench.
Due to the experimental nature of this project, I have priced it way below the value of the work (about half the cost of the work alone) making it more piano for the money than you'll find anywhere...