"I've been enjoying my "new" piano. So easy to play! It's a delight" - Marya Meyers, Founder of Ocean Song

​Discovering the beauty of wood grains hidden beneath old layers of varnish and lacquer in older pianos is an amazing and richly rewarding experience.

Restoring the harp and action of a piano will allow the true tone and quality of the instrument to be revealed. Contact us today for a free estimate.

​Action Restoration:

When you depress a key on a piano’s key board you set in motion a complex mechanical process which results in a felt mallet, called a hammer, striking the strings to create a sound. The components that make up the key board/hammer mechanism are collectively called the piano’s action.

Many of the materials used in constructing an action are wood but also include soft materials like felt, cotton and leather, which can degrade over time. Sometimes simple repairs and maintenance are enough to ameliorate the problems which inevitably arise with use and time; but eventually, typically after many years and decades, these parts may need to be replaced to keep the action functioning properly.

Restoring or rebuilding an action can include replacing all or some of the felt and leather materials, so the cost and extent of the work can vary greatly. As always with Piano Craft, our assessment of a piano’s needs and the cost for any restoration or repairs are thoroughly explained and the written estimate is provided free of charge.

Harp Restoration:

The piano’s harp includes the strings, tuning pins, pin blocks, bridges, soundboard, and cast-iron plate.

Similar to Action restoration, there are varying degrees of harp restoration. Many factors must be considered to determine the extent of the work to be performed, including the type of piano, how it is used, its underlying value, and the owner’s intentions for the instrument.  

The most comprehensive restoration entails removing all the strings, tuning pins, cast-iron plate, soundboard, bridges and pin block, and replacing all of them with new materials (except the plate that is cleaned, re-sprayed and reused). Most restorations are less involved, and may only involve replacement of bass (copper or iron wound) strings.

As with all restoration work, Piano Craft provides a written assessment free of charge that clearly lists the recommended work and required replacement parts prior to any charges being incurred. 

Exterior Restoration/Refinishing:

Short of complete refinishing, which is described below, Piano Craft can fill small dings and scratches, touch up the finish, and improve the appearance of a piano at a fraction of the cost of a full case restoration. As with all restoration work, Piano Craft will present all of the options available to the owner and the costs associated with each option.

While the form or configuration of a piano’s case, particularly in grand pianos, may play an important role in the overall resonance of the instrument, its exterior appearance has little or no effect on the tonal quality of the piano. Refinishing the exterior of the piano will not affect the piano’s sound any more than repainting a car affects how it drives.

Nevertheless, a piano is more than a musical instrument; it is a piece of furniture, an heirloom, and frequently a focal point of a home or work space. Although refinishing the exterior of a piano is a very labor-intensive process, the result can be astonishing. The piano is disassembled, the many individual pieces of the case are stripped of the old, yellowed varnish or lacquer, and the original beauty of the wood is revealed. The pieces are repaired when necessary and then sanded, stained and sealed, then sprayed with several coats of lacquer.

Whether you are considering restoring a family heirloom or want to discover what the potential beauty and value of your piano may be,  Piano Craft will provide a free assessment of your piano and provide a written estimate of the various maintenance, repair and restoration options available.

Restoration is more than simple maintenance, and typically entails the replacement of parts that are either severely worn or altogether inoperable.  Piano Craft’s thorough inspection will uncover and diagnose any issues in need of restorative attention. There is never a charge to inspect and assess a piano’s condition, and all work is outlined and explained before any charges are incurred. 

Restoration may involve any or all of the three main components to a piano:

  • the key board and hammer mechanism, called the action;
  • the harp, which contains the soundboard, bridges, strings, tuning pins, pin block, and metal plate;
  • the case and visible exterior of the piano.


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