REBUILDING


Rebuilding an older upright or grand piano can have great results and can often sound better than it did originally!  We offer in home evalutions to determine whether or not the piano is worth rebuilding or if your money would be better spent on something newer.

In the example of an in home rebuilding project, the family loved the sound and dynamic of the piano but it needed some upgrades to make it even better.  What we decided to do was replace the bass strings with new, rescaling them to the piano, and new tuning pins in this section as well.  We replaced the dampers with Laroux felt in both the treble and bass sections, and then replaced the  hammers with German Abel hammers scaled to the piano.  All of this work was completed in a day in the home.  It was not necessary to remove the piano from the home for this work.  What I had done at a previous date was removed the action and also completed a bass string rubbing and scaling.  Once the new strings arrived and the action was cleaned, dampers and hammers removed, the in home work was ready to be completed.

These are the steps that were done in the famillies home to the piano.

 

This is the piano with the bass strings and tuning pins removed and the new strings and pins are ready to be installed.

New Bass strings, new bass tuning pins, and new bass dampers.  Next is the New Abel hammers being installed.

 

Now the next step once this is done is the regulation process.  Regulation is the process that many pianos go too many years without receiving.  As was the case with this piano.  Regulation consists of leveling the keys, underneath every key is a cloth punching, and after time this cloth punching is worn and compressed and causes the keys to sit low in the piano and this in turn can hinder the dynamic and touch that you should have as you are playing.  So the key height was remedied as well as the key depth, lost motion was removed, and numerous other steps to correct the actions response.

 

Lastly the piano would be tuned, as well as the bass section receiving a few pitch raises and tuning to stretch the new strings.

The piano was a success, the customer was thrilled with the outcome as well as the young ones in the home that take lessons.  A fraction of a new piano cost was charged and they still have their Heirloom instrument, with many more years of enjoyment ahead of them.

For a free evaluation of your piano and to determine whether or not your piano is worth some extra work and expense call us at 519-523-4535.

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