Pianos often have a charm about them that tells you its history. People of the past seated in front of them playing perhaps the same tune that you will play. Or maybe it is your own family you remember joined around it. There can be many reasons that you would want to restore an old piano rather than purchase a new one. In some cases, it is even more cost effective, and in others it is for the nostalgia and happy memories. Please read through this page and feel welcome to contact us to see if it is a possibility for you!
When can a piano be restored?
Your piano may be in a condition from which it can be restored. Rather than automatically assuming it needs to go out, get in touch with us and will be happy to take a look. A piano is able to be restored if the damage is not too severe. If the damage has been done by flood, fire, or it has sustained severe harm in another way it may be that it is not possible. Often however, it is!
Should I restore my piano?
Aside from the nostalgia and personal reasons to want to save a piano, there are other reasons why you may wish to. First off if it was made by a leading manufacturer then the chances are that it is more cost effective to have a restoration than purchasing a new one. If it is however a more commercially manufactured instrument or is from the 19th or early 20th century that has a different stringing and mechanism to modern day pianos, it may not be cheaper than buying a replacement. It is totally possible to restore them, but it is a consideration to make.
The piano restoration process
The piano restoration process is in three parts. The piano technician will firstly look at what is called ‘structural restoration’. This would include a serious fault such as with the soundboard and bridges, which would often be a cause for your piano not staying in tune. Next, is the ‘action and key restoration’ which if necessary, will be one of two things. It will either be in a condition that we can do in your home, and the other option is that where necessary we will have to take it back to our workshop in order for a full restoration to take place. The final section is the ‘casework’. This means a thorough clean, polish and perfecting of any flaws in the appearance. Our team will perform a thorough assessment before restoration begins so it may be that your instrument requires all three categories or maybe only one or two.
What will be achieved through this?
These important piano repairs will be a very personal process. By the end of your restoration our aim is for you to be satisfied with the decisions you’ve made and how wonderful your revitalized instrument is. You will have a fully functioning, beautiful sounding and in great condition piano.