A piano has strings that are stretched across the instrument; when you press a key, a small wool covered hammer hits the corresponding string. The strings are extremely durable and, unlike guitar strings, do not need to be replaced often. In fact, it is more likely that some form of damage has/is occurring that is causing a wider problem. When the strings lose their resilience and tone quality, it is important that they are replaced to ensure that other parts of the piano do not suffer also. As part of our piano restoration and repairs services, our highly skilled team will be able to perform this task for you to a high standard, keeping your instrument safe and at its best.
Why would my piano need to be restrung?
There are a number of reasons that your piano may need restringing. It is often related to environmental factors like where it is housed and the humidity levels there. It can also be due to how often it is played, and the quality of the strings themselves. The way in which they were installed and maintained will also play a role. You will know your piano may need to restrung if the sound has changed. When it stops being as resonant and deep as it was previously, that is a good indication that something is going on with the strings.
Restringing a piano is a very complex process! First off, our team will carefully tilt the instrument onto its back using a machine called a tilter. Then they will gradually loosen the strings and eventually remove them. (This process can take almost a day in itself!). Now the new strings are applied. New tuning pins may be used to ensure that the instrument will stay in tune over time. The installation of these new strings is extremely nuanced. No creases or bends can occur, so it takes a seasoned expert who is sensitive to the strings to install them well.
Other processes we may need to take
If your piano has reached the point that the strings need replacing, it is almost certain that some restoration work will need to be done to other parts of its mechanisms. This is likely to include the hammers, the soundboard, action parts, and bridges. Because of this, restringing is often part of a wider process in piano restoration. If there is something odd going on in your piano feel welcome to contact us and we can take a look, before advising you on the repairs that are required.
Who does this job?
The piano technician assigned to work on your instrument is a highly trained expert. They will assess the condition of the strings and make the decision on which, if any need to be replaced. Piano restringing is a highly delicate and specialist practice that has required our team members to study for many years. They have since become highly experienced and do a really amazing job; our clients always tell us how interesting it is to watch them at work!