Repairs and Restoration

Quite often the first call that we get from a customer is:

  • The piano needs tuning and a few notes don’t work
  • We have just acquired a piano and would like it restored

  • Whether a piano is to have a small repair job to get the piano playing in the short term or if it is to have a full restoration depends on a range of issues. Firstly the piano must be structurally sound and preferably have a modern action (that is the internal workings). If the piano is approximately pre-1900, then it may still be worthwhile especially if sentiment is involved. the richness and the quality of tone of classic pianos from the early 1900’s makes them far more appealing to trained ears than their modern counterparts. The average cost of a restoration of a classic vintage piano including French Polishing would be similar to the cost of the cheapest piano available in Melbourne today. When people buy a cheap modern piano, not only might they be buying a poor instrument, but its beauty may only be as deep as three coats of lacquer. There is simply no comparison between the highly crafted hand made piano from the early 1900’s and a mass-produced new cheap piano made from chipboard and particleboard.

    The famous German piano maker Ronisch, made 1500 pianos by hand per year in the early part of last century. Yamaha in 1974 made 220,000 pianos and in 1993 made 111,000. Samick, in 1987 made 228,700 pianos. Some piano manufacturers also allegedly boast that not a human hand touches their pianos during manfacture. A professionally restored traditional piano is an item of beauty both in sound and appearance. We restore, rebuild and repair pianos to their highest level and all work is guaranteed. No sub-contractors are used.