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Rebuilding Pianos

Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Baldwin, Knabe, Chickering, Sohmer, Bösendorfer and others created pianos combining beauty and unrivaled sound. At Plum Piano Restoration, we believe such fine instruments can, in many cases, be reconstructed to better-than-new condition. Below is a general overview of the process we follow. No part of the piano goes untouched.

Seventy-five percent of the work happens in the first four steps, particularly in surface preparation (sanding and cleaning). We then apply at least 20 coats of lacquer and varnish to bring out the piano's beauty and durability. The piano is given a voice and tonal personality through precise damper and trapwork reconstruction and action regulation.

The finished instrument is brought into tune and can be enjoyed for many years to come or sold at a substantially higher price.

Step 1: Unstringing

Step 2: Disassembly

Step 3: Electroplating

Step 4: Surface Preparation

Step 5: Refinishing & Keytops

Step 6: New Pinblock

Step 7: Dampers and Trapwork

Step 8: Action Regulation

Step 9: Reassembly, Tuning & Finish