Piano Repair & Restorations

Piano repair is mostly low cost for those occasional faulty non-playing or repeating notes and the repair is virtually the same cost as a piano tuning call out fee. Piano repairs can take place in the home/location of the piano and little or no mess or smells are made. Very often I will do piano repairs at the same time as a piano tuning there for minimising costs and inconvenience.

Repairs to piano casework in homes are possible but can be very time consuming as very often drying periods are required for most actions involved and there for many visits to the home would be required and so removal of the piano is advised to the workshop as this often will end up being more cost effective. However, scratches on Polyester can be removed but this also depends on if the scratches are heavy or light? Heavy scratches require far more time to remove and if are too deep the parts or piano would need removing to workshop.

 

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Bad water damage to grand top lifting veneers.

After.

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Completely restored grand top in red Mahogany French polish.

Many times, we have been called out for what seemingly is a minor piano repair turns out to be a full restoration required or partial refurbishment. A bad tuning sound can be worn hammers creating uneven grooves in the felt nose rendering an uneven tone from hard to soft or muffled sound. We find quite new pianos with a badly deteriorated tone which has become badly muffled, this is due to bad sales technician works on toning the hammer felt incorrectly from the piano being new in showroom! We can cure this in most cases with a low-cost refacing of hammers which is extremely highly skilled technique and very rare to find a technician who has the experience we have. Over decades from the 1960’s onwards we were refacing school piano hammers saving the authorities thousands of pounds every year, so refacing hammers for us is a very common practice. In the worst case, we may have to quote for replacing the hammers to return the original tone.

 

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Soundboard flood damage.

After.

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Completed.

As mentioned above we can rectify faults with a small repair, but sometimes it can be obvious that a restoration or partial refurbishment is required. The difference between the two options is a partial refurbishment can be just restoring the casework to remove scratches and brass works or stripping and repolishing the caseworks, or just restringing and not touching the caseworks. Also, the actions can just be restored to different levels of cost. We can of course give reliable and experienced advice on costs and if the piano is worth the expense spent on it or if the money could be better spent on one of our pianos in our showroom.