Spinet pianos are, for most technicians, the most difficult pianos to work on. This is largely a result of the action design being what’s referred to as a “drop action” where the majority of the action parts are lower than the back of the keys as opposed to being above the back of the keys.
Here’s what a “normal” upright piano action looks like:
When a string breaks on an upright piano you can quickly remove the action and repair or replace the broken string. On a spinet, however, because of the “drop action” it is much more time consuming to remove the action, hence the entire repair is more complex. For most spinet string repairs you’re just going to leave the action in as you replace the string.
Fortunately, in this case, I was able to find a comfortable position as I was replacing a broken treble string on Bonnie’s spinet in Lehi, Utah. (picture courtesy of Bonnie Lapray, Lehi, UT) p.s. Thanks for making my job as pleasant as possible, Bonnie!