Two approaches to piano restoration
Although many younger pianos can be successfully reconditioned using primarily existing parts, pianos with substantial wear have limited potential in this approach. Rebuilding is a comprehensive treatment of one or more major systems of a piano, relying mostly on new parts and design verification to maximize the performance of a piano.
We also specialize in a process known as “restorative conservation.” This is appropriate for historically- or culturally-important pianos. Here, the piano is treated as much as an artifact as an instrument, and we thread the balance between preservation of the piano as a historical record and restoration of the piano to a functional state.
Understanding the restoration process
Pianos have four major systems: the case, the “belly” (strings, soundboard and related parts), the action, and the damper system.