Pianos are complex mechanical devices and with use and time, deteriorate to a point where they may
require more than what can be achieved with a home visit by a technician. This can range from simply
replacing worn felts or broken springs to complete rebuilding or even re-manufacturing. Often the
piano action (mechanism) can be removed from the piano for restoration work or it might be necessary
to move the entire instrument.
Although it can be difficult to recoup money spent on older pianos, people commonly choose to have
a piano rebuilt for the following reasons:
- The piano has sentimental value.
- The piano was originally of high quality and the cost of rebuilding is still lower than
purchasing a new piano of similar quality. Remember that new upright pianos in the $4-6k
range are considered "entry level" and are generally not of high quality!
- The piano has an interesting case and/or exquisite veneers that simply aren't available
on modern pianos.
- The owner enjoys the tone and touch of their piano but wants it to play like new.
I have a very well equipped workshop with numerous light industrial woodworking machines. This
purpose built area includes a general restoration area, woodworking room, and bass string
manufacturing room. With the variety of tools and jigs that I own, plus the extensive range of
supplies, there is very little in the way of piano and player piano rebuilding that I can't handle.
Spraying case parts in the spray booth
Pianos awaiting restoration
Before and after photos of finish restoration
Freshly strung piano back
Machining rock maple for piano parts
New damper felts. The bass dampers were redesigned to work more efficiently -
notice the old example on the left
Gluing Ronsen grand hammers onto new shanks