PIANO RESTORATION IS A LONG, METICULOUS, PAINSTAKING PROCESS THAT INVOLVES GREAT TECHNICAL SKILL WITH SUPREME LEVELS OF CRAFTSMANSHIP… with the goal to restore the instrument to its former high level of performance.
One must combine the technology around sound, frequency and vibration with rebuilding the beauty around what many times is the centerpiece of a home, a business or institution. And it is a personal journey for the Master technician and the piano itself for every piano is made differently and needs its own process and touch.
With over 200+ combined years of experience in restoring extraordinary pianos, we understand the entire process and have seen every single possible complication and pitfall… surpassing every possible expectation from our customers.
This is why we feel comfortable with the Pianotek long term guarantees offered on these exquisite instruments. The following is a synopsis of our restoration process, along with some images of the meticulous process.
Dismantle the entire instrument… cabinet to cast iron plate
Strip all old lacquer, paint, and finishing from the cabinet, legs, and other furniture elements while sanding the bridges and soundboard
Refinish the bridges and soundboard and inspect
Finish in the original color and brilliant coat with over 20 coats of lacquer
Inspect and where necessary replace the key coverings
Inspect, repair, clean, sand, replace the gold cover and refelt the plate
Remove and inspect and reinsert the pin block providing new pins if necessary
Remove, inspect and tighten the underlevers
Inspect all felt bushings, rebush where necessary
Inspect damper guide rail, remove felt from blocks, refinish and install new felt
Install and realign the cast iron plate
Install new strings and tuning pins
Preliminary string tuning
Regulate dampers to the back of the key and the sustain pedal.
Shape, file and space all hammer sand establish height and dip
Adjust let-off, drop, and back checks
Interim tune piano to test concert pitch tension
Re-adjust damper regulation
Shine and buff all cabinet hardware and assemble piano.
Final concert pitch tuning