In the photo on the right you can see that this instrument was in sad shape when it arrived, especially the wooden backboard. It appeared that someone had severely neglected this valuable gem. The wood was chipped, peeling and faded. The brass chimes were quite aged with patina. Despite this, the tubes still produced a wonderful sound. I decided to take matters into my own hands and return this very unique piece to its original splendor and glory.
No need to go into a long, drawn-out explanation of how I went about accomplishing my goal. Here is the reveal:
I am sure you are impressed, as am I. I can't believe I actually pulled this off.
Special thanks to Metal Plating Company of West Columbia and Hinson Cabinet Company, who did all the real work for me. Now this beautiful chime set can be added to the Percussion Fortress.
Here is a better look at these chimes close up: