Get better performance and a longer life out of your pianos with simple maintenance.
Tuning – Even if your piano is not played often, it experiences seasonal changes. Regular tunings will protect your investment (twice a year is recommended).
Pitch Raise – A piano technician can only tell if a piano needs a pitch raise when they begin tuning the piano. However, it’s safe to assume any piano that has not been tuned in six months or more needs a pitch raise. A pitch raise will keep an out-of-tune piano in tune much longer.
Note: Pitch raising a piano with loose tuning pins will not keep it in tune longer. Loose pins indicate a catastrophic failure of the pinblock, which basically means the piano is no longer able to be used as a reliable instrument.
Regulation – Every ten years or so, small screws and springs on the action parts are changed to even the feel of the piano.
Voicing –Voicing is the process of adjusting hammer felt to brighten, soften or even the sound. With time and wear, the voicing changes. Many pianos that sound loud or bright in the middle need voicing.
Rebuilding (Belly or Action) – After 50 years on most really good pianos. On middle-quality brands, we wouldn’t recommend it.
Belly rebuilding involves replacing all of the piano’s old strings, removing and repainting its plate, repairing and refinishing the bridges and soundboard and replacing the pinblock (or wrestplank). This work will restore a piano to its original condition or slightly better.
Action rebuilding involves replacing the worn moving parts, felts and bushings in the action. When done properly, the result is a piano that plays as good or slightly better than when it was new.
Why should I do it? Even good pianos eventually wear out. Keep in mind that not every piano is a good candidate for rebuilding due to the costs involved. If the piano will not be worth more that the cost of rebuilding when it is completed, it should only be rebuilt for sentimental reasons.
Refinishing – Restores the cabinet finish to the original color or changes it to a lighter or darker color. New pianos can be ordered “raw” and custom finished to your liking. We are one of a few dealers that Steinway & Sons will sell “raw,” unfinished pianos to for custom finishing.