In a partial rebuilding, we replace all the parts that are worn or can not be repaired. All other parts are repaired to near new condition. For example, a soundboard with minor cracks can be shimmed with spruce inserts, sanded and varnished to perform and look like new. If the pinblock is in good condition, we will then keep the original pinblock, and replace the strings, tuning pins and damper felts. Hammers that are in good condition can be resurfaced. The piano is then tuned, regulated and voiced to your tone preference.
In a complete rebuilding, we install new soundboard, pinblock, strings, damper felts, hammers, hammer shanks, repetitions, key covers, bushings, etc. Your piano is totally torn down and rebuilt. At minimum, it will be like new. In most cases even better. The piano is then tuned, regulated and voiced to your tone preference.
Refinishing is offered with both partial and complete rebuilding.
Is my piano worth rebuilding?
In many cases, NO, it isn't.
It's not always cost effective to rebuild a piano. Complete rebuilding should be performed on pianos of high quality only. Technology has advanced over the years with computerized scale design and new manufacturing techniques. The medium to low-end pianos built today, are far superior to the medium to low-end pianos made in the past. It may be better and more cost effective to purchase a new piano. However, you cannot put a price on sentimental value. We can help you make that decision.