I can repair or replace most common broken parts in a single visit at a reasonable price. I carry enough tools and supplies to minimize the need for additional visits, however if additional visits are required a quote will be provided. Returning and maintaining the piano action to factory specifications ensures the efficient and proper mechanical operation of moving parts working correctly together. These adjustments can significantly increase the touch sensitivity and ability to play more expressively. The tolerances set by the factory when new gradually change over time with use and can usually be affordably corrected.
The most common piano service request is piano key repair. Once the piano action is removed from the piano cabinet or case, a series of diagnostics are performed to determine the exact nature of the required piano key repair. Each key is carefully tested to ensure proper function and optimal performance. Most piano key repair issues can be avoided by installing a piano humidity control system and playing each key at least monthly.
I carry a complete restringing kit on all piano service calls and can repair or replace most piano strings. As piano strings age, the copper wound bass strings and metal wire treble strings lose some of their tone resulting in a more mellow sound than a newly installed piano string’s bright sound. The method of splicing an existing piano string rather than replacing it with a new piano string is preferred since a new piano string and an old piano string will sound very different in tone. The vast majority of broken piano strings are due to high piano humidity resulting in rust corrosion and breakage especially if the piano is not tuned at least annually. The best advice to avoid rusty piano strings and ultimately unnecessary piano string replacement is installation of a piano humidity control system and tuning at least annually.
A Pre-Purchase Inspection and Consultation is recommended to obtain a professional evaluation of any piano considered a candidate for purchase. Establish the actual physical and mechanical condition of any piano that significantly defines the resale value before you buy or incur a $300+ moving fee.
Pianos with humidity control systems require fewer tunings, less repairs, perform better, and last longer. Piano humidity control systems are installed inside the piano to stabilize the Relative Humidity (RH) at 45% to extend the life of the piano and help increase tuning stability. As the (RH) % rises the pitch pulls sharp. As the (RH) % decreases, the pitch falls flat. (RH) stabilized at 45% significantly reduces pitch fluctuations increasing tuning stability and extending the life of the tuning and piano considerably.
There may be cost effective options to replacing a piano when it needs minor to major work. Bridge repair or replacement, key re-bushing, and key top replacement can enhance and/or bring a quality piano back to life. As a piano re-builder, I can offer some suggestions that can make all the difference in deciding when it’s time to repair, rebuild or seek a replacement. I have also repaired and restored several vintage turn of the century player pianos. These magnificent machines of history require a highly skilled and experienced technician to provide an accurate evaluation and appropriate service.