Piano Restoration Our Goal in all restoration work is to improve the performance of your piano with extended service beyond completion of the job. Below are 3 steps in a complete piano restoration. They can be taken separately or as a complete package, depending on condition and budget.
Belly work is the replacement of worn pinblock, soundboard and bridges. This is the foundation of any major restoration job and is what determines the stability of the instrument. This requires precise workmanship on the following details:
We send refinishing work out-of-house. With the quality of refinishers we use, we can assure our customers their instrument will look as good as it sounds when the job is complete. The work is as follows:
Cracked Steinway Action Rails
The action rails on Steinways are made of an inner maple core surrounded by a metal casing. During the restoration process we often find a cracked rail needing replacement. It is imperative correct measurements be taken and the new rail soldered into the exact position as the old.
Touchweight Analysis & Correction
Grand pianos with poor action design, or actions that have been restored incorrectly can be unresponsive and heavy to the touch. In most cases, we can improve these instruments with touchweight analysis and correction. Remarkable improvements in piano action performance can be achieved with changes in action geometry and inertia.
Fees for touchweight correction are based on the type of problems present in your piano action.
Smaller Repair such as bass string replacement, partial action restoration, damper replacement, lyr rebuilding, etc., may also be recommended for your instrument.
Piano Restoration Fees
The cost for restoration services varies with the condition, size and musical demands required of your piano. Upon evaluation of your instrument, and discussion with you about your needs, we will present a written offer, detailing the restoration, for hour consideration
A restoration project can take anywhere from a couple of days to six months. The extent of the work is determined by the condition of the instrument and by you, the owner. With many pianos, bass string and hammer replacement are good options in improving performance.
Higher quality instruments
such as Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Baldwin, Knabe, etc., more in-depth restorative work can enhance both the piano’s performance and its value. Parts and material selection duplicate the original factory specifications, and the touch can be customized at your request.