I have a very well equipped workshop with numerous light industrial woodworking
machines. The purpose built area includes a general restoration area, woodworking
room, and bass string manufacturing room. With the variety of tools and jigs that
I own, plus the extensive range of supplies, there is very little in the way of piano
and player piano rebuilding that I can't handle.
I have a particular passion for pneumatic player pianos, but as the player is only
as good as the piano it plays,
I don't cut any corners in the restoration of the
instrument itself. Player pianos require a number of restoration tools, techniques
and materials that differ from regular piano restoration and require meticulous
attention to detail to insure that the instruments remain reliable.
Be aware that many of the pianos being rebuilt today are approaching or over 100
years old. Decades ago,
it was possible to rejuvenate these instruments by refelting
the actions and restringing with over-sized tuning pins. Many of these pianos (which
on the whole where only designed to last around 40 years!) have flat, lifeless
soundboards and worn out actions. Restringing these tired pianos without replacing
the soundboard/bridges/binblock etc can result in a pretty looking but tired and
disappointing sounding instrument!