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Piano Restoration

Your piano is precious, sentimental and priceless. It provides you with positive memories of what once was. When your piano is fully restored, it is reborn to play, feel, look, and sound like itself once again The goal of restoration is to renew the character, tone, feel, presence, and overall aesthetics of the instrument.
Piano restoration ranges from the simple to the complex. We provide two types of restoration, basic and extensive. Basic refurbishment is done in the comfort of your home. Extensive restoration is done at our workshop and take two to four months.

BASIC REFURBISHMENT 1: for pianos made of wood - done in your home
The piano case is taken apart and internals/keys are lifted out. The shell is hoovered and the internals are pressure blasted free of dust outdoors. The internal mechanism which is known as the 'action' is lubricated, repaired, re-centred, and hammers are re-aligned and heads voiced if necessary. Screws are tightened, jack springs, felts, leathers, bushings, centre pins, hammer butt felt, and tapes are replaced if necessary. Capstan screws are regulated and any free play in the action is removed. Key tops and fronts are cleaned and buffed, brass trimmings are removed and cleaned along with brass screw tips. Pedals are regulated and their brass renewed. Outer case of piano is oiled, waxed, and scratches touched up. Piano is then tuned and regulated. At the end of basic restoration your piano looks presentable and plays good.  Cost: €500 + VAT

BASIC REFURBISHMENT 2: for pianos made of polyester - done in your home
This is for pianos like Yamaha, Kawai, etc. with black, brown, red, or walnut polyester finishes. We compound the casing in water borne silicone free rubbing agents and renew the brass trimmings. This takes away minor scratching and fibre optic marks but does not remove deep scratches. The piano case is taken apart and internals/keys are lifted out. The shell is hoovered and the internals are pressure blasted free of dust outdoors. The internal mechanism which is known as the 'action' is lubricated, repaired, re-centred, and hammers are re-aligned and heads voiced if necessary. Screws are tightened, jack springs, felts, leathers, bushings, centre pins, hammer butt felt, and tapes are replaced if necessary. Capstan screws are regulated and any free play in the action is removed. Key tops and fronts are cleaned and buffed, brass trimmings are removed and cleaned along with brass screw tips. Pedals are regulated and their brass renewed. At the end of basic restoration your piano looks presentable and plays good.  Cost: €500 + VAT


EXTENSIVE RESTORATION:
Piano is removed from your premises and taken to workshop. Extensive restoration generally involves replacing the tuning pins and strings, re-gilding the frame, and possibly replacing the wrest plank too if necessary. Soundboards can split, bridges come adrift and also split and occassionally the cast iron frame cracks and needs repair. The case is stripped and resprayed many times in a high gloss, satin, matt, or silk finish. A full restoration is really only worthwhile on a top quality instrument. When your piano is fully restored it is delivered back to you. Cost: €2,500 - €10,000 + VAT
RESTORED PIANOS