FAQ's on Making a Decision to Restore a Piano

Why should an old piano be restored?

A piano that is sufficiently valued by its owner for musical, aesthetic, historic, sentimental or monetary reasons should be considered for restoration. The design and size of a piano should be able to meet its owner's needs and expectations for the project to be successful. Every valued piano must eventually be restored to continue giving good service as a musical instrument.

When should an old piano not be restored?

If a piano cannot reasonably meet its owner's expectations for appearance, performance, tone production, durability, and long-term value, it would be best not to pursue restoration. Pianos of low intrinsic quality, pianos that have been subjected to catastrophic fire or water damage produce unpredictable results if restored. It is seldom cost effective to restore a piano only to re-sell it in the short term.

How long does it take to carry out a piano restoration project?

The time required will vary, depending on the scope of the work planned. Smaller scale projects might be in the shop for six or eight weeks. Most complete restoration jobs would require about a year to complete. Since we schedule our work in advance, there is a variable time period between when a project is authorized and when we are able to begin work. This will fluctuate depending on our other work commitments at any given time, but typically at least a few months. When we receive authorization to carry out a restoration, we can at that point give an estimate for time required. All starting and completion dates are approximate.