tuning and minor repairs, your piano will require other
kinds of service from time to time, depending on how much
it gets played, environmental factors in its location, and
how responsive you need it to be. Following is a brief description
of some of these services (please contact me by phone or
email for a more detailed explanation
of any of these):
- adjusting all of the action parts and keys so they work
in the correct relationship to each other. Regulation affects
the speed and accuracy of the way the keys respond
and corresponds roughly to a tuneup in a car.
- correcting the shape and playing surface of the hammers
and adjusting their relationship to the strings in order
to allow the best possible tone quality for a given piano.
- restoring a piano to optimal playing condition using (mostly)
the existing parts. This may involve repairing the soundboard,
bridges, strings and other structural components, repinning
loose action parts, repairing broken or missing parts, reshaping
the hammers, rebushing and/or recovering the keys and regulating
- restoring a piano to like-new condition. This usually
involves replacing structural components like the pinblock
and sometimes the soundboard, replacing all or most of the
action parts, regulation and voicing and refinishing.
- on an upright, this usually involves vacuuming out the
action, inside of the cabinet and under the keys (it's amazing
what accumulates under there!). On a grand, additional cleaning
includes cleaning the soundboard, strings and plate.
- evaluating and reporting on a piano's condition and current
value in the marketplace. Appraisals may be informal for
purposes of evaluating an instrument you are considering
buying or selling, or a formal written appraisal for insurance
or other legal needs.
Consulting - buying a piano can be a major financial
and emotional investment, and as such demands careful consideration.
I can help you evaluate your requirements and find the right
instrument for your needs and budget.