Many of the services I offer include:
Belly– New pinblock installation, restringing, sound board repairs, sound board replacement, sound board refinishing, new bridge caps, plate refinishing.
Action– new keytops, key rebushing, all action part replacement, damper felt replacement, pedals reconditioning, action alignment, action regulation, tuning, voicing.
Cabinet– case repairs, hardware polishing or replating, new decals installed, refinishing.
There is not much I haven’t seen or can’t repair. For a Steinway rebuild, I will primarily use only genuine Steinway parts and finishes. Other makes such as Mason and Hamlin that are no longer making matching parts for their vintage pianos, I will use only the highest quality materials in the restoration process. My desire will always be to keep with the philosophy of the manufacturer of the piano. My feeling is the best results come from using this standard. A Steinway will only sound and feel like a Steinway with the use of Steinway parts. When lesser quality parts are use, it’s not the same piano.
Piano Maintenance Services
In addition to rebuilding, we offer other services in the field of piano maintenance. These include:
- Piano tuning. ($120) for a straight forward tuning. Many times there are some minor issues that get brought up during a scheduled tuning. If they can be fixed relatively fast (5-10 minutes), I don’t charge anything extra but if it looks like it may take more than 5 or 10 minutes, there may be extra cost.
- Piano tuning + cleaning. ($135 for grand’s, $130 for uprights) This includes tuning plus vacuuming out the interior of the piano and also for grand’s, dusting under the strings.
- Premium piano tuning. ($280) This includes tuning, cleaning and has me at your piano for a total of 4 hours working on what is deemed to be the most beneficial. Some possibilities are: voicing, regulation adjustments, lubrication friction points and/or repairs. Unless your piano is brand new or has just been rebuilt, there are absolutely improvements that can be made.
- Action regulation. ($1200-$1600) This is designed to improve the touch and tone. It includes tuning, cleaning, hammer shaping, alignment, regulation and voicing. It requires the action (the piano itself stays in the home) to be removed and brought out to our shop; then, a few days later returned to the piano. Once back in the piano, roughly another 12 hours will be spent working in the home. Regulation is sort of like tuning up your car. It is something that should be part of a normal piano maintenance routine. Most piano manufactures recommend it being done roughly every 10 years. Steinway has on their website to do this every 2 to 3 years. The result of an action regulation is a responsive and even touch with the tone also being improved and even up and down the scale. One main benefit for the pianist will be the improved control over the dynamics of what he or she is playing.
- Dampp Chaser installation. ($500-$600) Dampp Chasers are humidity control units that are installed in the pianos themselves. Pianos are designed to work the best in climates that have around 45% humidity. Humidity fluctuations are generally what throw pianos out of tune. Needless to say these systems are very helpful to keeping pianos in tune for a longer period of time as well as keep them from going out of as much as they would without one installed. You can learn more about humidity and its effect on pianos at the Dampp Chaser Web Site.