RESTORING THE RARE,
PRESERVING THE HEIRLOOM
O'Briain Pianos, Music School and Art Gallery is situated in the heart of Lucan, Dublin, Ireland. Dedication, perseverance, craftsmanship, and environment are at the heart of the business, drawing upon the skills of the old timers in the art of French polishing, respraying, internal rebuilding, and custom design. Our valued clients inspire us with ideas on how they would like their instrument to look, sound, and feel after restoration, in terms of colour, finish, touch, tone, and response.
Recycling & Sustainability
O'Briain Pianos is an environmentally friendly business. When we restore a piano, it's often played and admired for centuries, with greater longevity than a classic car for example. Mechanically, pianos don't take their toll on the environment. We have restored some 1850's pianos, which will no doubt be around for many years to come, never going back into the environment as waste. Even when a piano can no longer be played due to age and wear, it can either be left where it stands as part of the household furniture, or broken down for parts to be re-used in rebuilding similar pianos from the same period. We use very little water or electricity, much of the work is done outdoors, just one bottle of French polish is used for up to fifteen pianos. The restoration process takes only a small amount of materials from the environment and helps sustain the continued use of those same raw materials. Recycling and restoration go hand in hand and we pride our business on actively maintaining conscious work practices that help protect the world we live in.
We draw upon the experience of other professionals in the industry, most especially from master craftsman Tim Jackson of Comeragh Pianos. Tim has been involved in the piano business since he was sixteen years old and like his father before him, developed a keen interest in pianos that lead to a career as a tuner and technician. He started restoring and selling pianos from a workshop built at the back of his parents’ garage at their home in Wales. Tim trained at the Welsh College of Musical Instrument Making and Repair under the guidance of Richard Kuhnel, where in 1987 he qualified as a Piano Tuner/Technician receiving a Distinction in Piano Restoration. Tim has over thirty years of experience working with pianos in schools, colleges, theatres, churches, cathedrals and private homes throughout Wales and more recently Ireland. His real passion and speciality lies in restoring traditional upright and grand pianos; his first complete restoration being a 1922 Steinway Grand. Since then he has restored hundreds of pianos of all shapes and sizes to their former glory.
Supporting the Arts
We showcase original works of art from Irish and International artists. Resident artists are invited to display their work for up to one year and don't have to pay the gallery a commission. Our facilities offer quality music education, rehearsal space, piano practice rooms, and music lessons in almost every instrument by highly qualified teachers.