involves complete disassembly, inspection, and repair as necessary,
including replacement of ALL worn, damaged,
or deteriorated parts. This
piano is then reassembled, tested, and adjusted to the same or similar
tolerances as new.
includes the entire pianos
structure -- including soundboard, bridges, pinblock, and strings -- as
well as the action, keyboard, and case refinishing.
includes only one or two of these areas, for example rebuilding of the
action and structure, but not case refinishing.
Rebuilding restores the piano to original
condition or better.
comprehensive work is usually most practical for high-quality
here maximum performance and longevity are required.
What happens to a piano as it ages?
the short term, leather and felt compact, affecting the adjustment
(regulation) of the parts. The action becomes uneven and less
the piano's tone loses dynamic range. Squeaks and
rattles may develop. Routine maintenance such as hammer filing,
tuning will correct these problems and
maintain the piano in near-new condition.
After extended or very heavy use, action parts become
Leather and felt wear thin. Keys become wobbly, hammer felt gets
to produce good tone, and the action becomes noisy. Regulation
adjustments reach their limit. In addition, piano strings may begin
and the copper windings of bass strings lose resonance.
After decades of exposure to seasonal changes, the wood of
soundboard, bridges, and pinblock is weakened.
causes loose tuning
pins, poor tuning stability, and further loss of tone. By this time the
piano's finish will often be scratched or faded.
How do I decide if major repairs are
all pianos are worth the expense of reconditioning or rebuilding.
consultation with your piano technician, you should consider the
overall condition of the piano. Can it really be restored to original
condition or is it deteriorated beyond repair?
Pianos subjected to
severe fire, flood, or moving damage may not be repairable.
quality, size, and type of the piano. Low priced, small pianos of poor
design have limited potential.
If the rebuilt piano would not be
capable of meeting your performance needs, it would be better to
replace it with one of better design.
cost of repairs versus replacement. Major repairs may exceed the value
of small low-quality pianos.
However, most large high-quality
instruments can be rebuilt for one-half to two-thirds the cost of a
comparable new piano,
making rebuilding a cost-effective option for
Personal attachment or historical value may
justify investing in major repairs rather than replacement.
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are considering any of the following:
- REBUILDING -REFINISHING
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