Considering A Restoration?

When you call or email us about your treasured piano, there are a few basic facts we will need to know about it in order to evaluate its restoration needs. We welcome digital photos sent via email. Most pianos we work with fall into two basic categories: Uprights, sometimes called verticals, and Grands. In the following two sections, we will discuss what information we need, and how you can get it from your piano.

 

 

 

UPRIGHT PIANOS

Upright pianos are wonderful instruments. They, like grands, come in several sizes. We will ask if yours is a spinet (like the one on the left), a console, a studio, which is slightly taller, or a full upright (like the one on the right).

 

 

 

What Brand of Piano Do You Have?

This is sometimes hard to answer. If the piano has been refinished at some point, the original decal may be missing from the fallboard, where it is usually located, as shown on the left. You may be able to find the brand name inside the piano by lifting the top lid and looking on the plate, where the strings are, as shown to the right.

 

 

 

 

What is the Serial Number?

Your piano's serial number is usually a four- to six-digit number, and you will find it under the top lid somewhere on the plate. It may be inset in a little window, as shown below, or it may be stamped or inked on. Knowing the piano's serial number will help us to determine your piano's date of manufacture.

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND PIANOS

 

 

What is the Brand Name?

As with Upright pianos, you may find the brand name either on the fallboard above the keys, or marked on the plate. You might also find it on a soundboard decal, if your piano has one.

 

 

 

 

What is its Serial Number?

The serial number on a Grand may be located in one of several places. It may be inset in a little window in the plate, as shown, or it may be inked on the plate, or it may even be stamped into the wood of the soundboard.

 

 

How Long Is Your Grand Piano?

Not all grand pianos are Baby Grands! The length of your piano in inches determines whether it is a Baby Grand, Parlor Grand, Conservatory Grand, et cetera. To get that length, you will need to measure the entire length of the piano, from the very back of the lid to the very front of the keyboard, as shown in the photo below.

 

 

SQUARE GRAND PIANOS

Your piano may be a Square Grand piano instead of the aforementioned types. While they are less commonly seen that the Upright or the Grand, they are not rare. You will usually be able to find the information we need on a Square Grand in the same places you might find it on a Grand Piano: the serial number will be marked either on the plate or directly on the soundboard, as seen in the first photo below, and the name will be marked either on the front board or on the plate.

 

OVERVIEW

We do hope that this section has been helpful to you. Many of our customers have been told, sometimes by their local piano tuner, "Your piano can't be tuned. It is worn out. You ought to get rid of it and buy a new one." Often, the person who makes this recommendation just so happens to have a piano for sale. If you've been told to throw out your old beloved piano, get a second opinion!

You do not need a new piano. You can have your own instrument restored. In our opinion, the quality of the modern materials and workmanship that go into new pianos cannot compare to those of years past. We strive to keep alive the pride and integrity held by the craftsmen who originally built the finest, most enduring instruments. Please call us, we are happy to help.

 

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