The term piano restoration is a vague and much-abused term. To fully restore a piano would be equivalent to the manufacture or assembly of a new one. Complete restoration is almost never done on a commercial basis. Restoring projects might include pianos of a historical value or pianos of sentimental value.
When you purchase a piano that has been ‘restored’ on a commercial basis, you are likely buying a piano that has been only partially restored.
Partial restoration would differ from complete restoration mostly in the quantity and major importance of new parts installed.
Parts replaced and procedures of major importance in partial restoration might include most of the following, plus a complete restoration of all remaining parts:
1. A new soundboard, or full restoration of old one.
2. A new tuning-pin block, with new pins and new strings.
3. New legs, lyre, etc. (grand)
4. A new piano action. (complete)
5. A piano action that has been restored to ‘like new’ performance by the replacement of a majority of its parts.
The preceding list is by no means complete, but it should serve to indicate the major differences between partial restoration and complete reconditioning. Minor items like new key coverings usually are included under either procedure.
If you are interested in restoring your piano, we will be happy to provide you with a quotation