Piano & Player Piano

Pianos are complex mechanical devices and with use and time, deteriorate to a point where they may require more than what can be achieved with a home visit by a technician. This can range from simply replacing worn felts or broken springs to complete rebuilding or even re-manufacturing. Often the piano action (mechanism) can be removed from the piano for restoration work or it might be necessary to move the entire instrument.

Although it can be difficult to recoup money spent on older pianos, people commonly choose to have a piano rebuilt for the following reasons:
  • The piano has sentimental value.
  • The piano was originally of high quality and the cost of rebuilding is still lower than purchasing a new piano of similar quality. Remember that new upright pianos in the $4-6k range are considered "entry level" and are generally not of high quality!
  • The piano has an interesting case and/or exquisite veneers that simply aren't available on modern pianos.
  • The owner enjoys the tone and touch of their piano but wants it to play like new.
I have a very well equipped workshop with numerous light industrial woodworking machines. This 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. Spray booth
Spraying case parts in the spray booth
Pianos awaiting restoration
Pianos awaiting restoration
Before restoration After restoration
Before and after photos of finish restoration
Freshly strung piano back
Freshly strung piano back
Machining rock maple for piano parts
Machining rock maple for piano parts
New damper felts.
New damper felts. The bass dampers were redesigned to work more efficiently - notice the old example on the left
Gluing  Ronsen grand hammers onto new shanks
Gluing Ronsen grand hammers onto new shanks