Repairs and Restoration

Most pianos can be played for many years without major repairs. However, the tone, touch, and appearance will continually decline with age. When regular maintenance such as cleaning, regulating, voicing, and tuning can no longer provide satisfactory performance, a piano may require reconditioning or rebuilding.

Exactly when a piano needs rebuilding or reconditioning depends on its original quality, the climate, usage, and performance requirements. One piano may need rebuilding after just twenty years, while another may need only reconditioning after fifty years.

There are many factors involved when deciding whether to invest in the expense of reconditioning or rebuilding your piano. During our consultation, we will consider the following factors:

  • The overall condition of the piano. Can it really be restored to original condition or is it deteriorated beyond repair? Pianos subjected to severe fire, flood, or moving damage may not be repairable.

  • The quality, size, and type of the piano. Low priced, small pianos of poor design have limited potential. If the rebuilt piano would not be capable of meeting your performance needs, it would be better to replace it with one of better design.

  • The cost of repairs versus replacement. Major repairs may exceed the value of small low-quality pianos. However, most large high-quality instruments can be rebuilt for one-half to two-thirds the cost of a comparable new piano, making rebuilding a cost-effective option for fine pianos.

  • Sentimental value. Personal attachment or historical value may justify investing in major repairs rather than replacement.

After your piano has been inspected, we will provide you with a written contract proposal detailing what will be needed to return your piano to its maximum performance capability.  This will include a 5 year warranty for the rebuilding work - although your restored piano will maintain its value for another generation.


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