Piano repairs fall into two categories, general repairs orrestoration. General repairs are normally done on-site in your home.Restoration work is done in my workshop, and this can range from work on the piano action to full piano rebuilding.
With full restoration work consideration has to be given to theviability of the cost of the work against replacement with a new instrument. Inmost cases these days with upright pianos the cost of a new piano is farcheaper than the restoration work. For this reason unless your piano isone of the four big names or of high sentimental value, we do notrecommend full restoration work on upright pianos. The same can also besaid for small grand pianos. We are happy to give advice on thesuitability of restoration work or the replacement of your piano. Howlong does restoration take? Usually 3 to 9 months depending on what is required.
In a typical restoration we will do the following:
- Restore the soundboard and bridges
- Restring and re-pin the plank or replace plank
- Refurbish the frame
- Restore or rebuild the action or complete replacement
- Restore keyboard
- Ivory Repairs and Cleaning
- Restore damper assembly or replace
- Tune to pitch, stretch strings and fine tune to A-440
- Extensively regulate the touch and damping
- Restore the pedal assembly
- On site Polyester Finish Repairs
- Toning and Voicing
- Repairing Broken or Damaged Piano Castor Wheels
- Fitting New Castors
All my repair work carries a minimum two-year guarantee, and some of my work carries a five-year guarantee.
I can advise on the purchase of new and secondhand pianos.
Below are six photos of a Lonfeld piano. Extensive work was carried out on the case, action and keys, and the piano was re-strung and equipped with new hammer felts, damper felts, key bushings, key covers and springs. Many other parts were also replaced or repaired. (Click on an image to enlarge.)
Below are nine photos of a Bechstein piano. Work was carried outon the case, action and keys, and the piano was re-strung and equippedwith new hammer felts, damper felts, springs, key bushings, and the ivory was cleanded and repaired. Many other parts were also replaced or repaired. (Click onan image to enlarge.)
Below are four photos of a Danemann piano. Extensive work was carried out on the action and keys, and the piano was re-strung and equipped with new hammer felts, damper felts, springs, key bushings and repaired keytops. Many other parts were also replaced or repaired. (Clickon an image to enlarge.)