Piano Restoration Los Angeles
Restoration is what we choose to call the process of musically and artisanally rebuilding or remanufacturing a good grand piano, usually a Steinway or Mason & Hamlin, Yamaha or Kawai, with other makers’ brands (Chickering, Bechstein, or Bosendorfer, for example) done on occasion. We are transparent about what we do to the piano and what we reveal to the client. We are the only piano sellers/rebuilder/restorers I know of who will hand you an exhaustive list, with pictures, of everything that was done to your piano before or as you purchase it, or receive it back from our shops—the Golden Rule at work.
We use whatever methods or protocols, materials and parts we think will produce the finest piano tone and touch possible. Our search for excellence is not money- or cost-driven; we feel that the serious piano owner, artist, venue, or search committee will prefer our instruments overwhelmingly, and will pay the extra it takes to procure the best result.
With recent discoveries, or in some cases re-discoveries, it is now possible to eliminate existing defects or tonal problem areas (for example, weaker tone and sustain in octaves 5 & 6) and to re-engineer average, mediocre, or poorly designed and executed actions, elevating them to a very high level of precision performance.
Our aim is the creation of our own artistic concept of a piano’s “tonal envelope,” with action nuances and responses perceptibly superior to the average factory piano. To create a piano that inspires players to say “Wow—this is something wonderful and different…I love this instrument…” is our passion and guiding principle.
If you take the time to go step by step with us through a custom restoration as it’s done in our workshops, it will become crystal clear to you why a custom-restored, value-added piano is so much more precise, more musical, more intentional, more labor-and-skill-intensive, more fulfilling than even most hand-built factory pianos, let alone a commercial restoration. These pianos are for the artist, the enlightened venue or recording studio, the serious player, the aficionado. You’ll understand why custom restoration is expensive, and why buying or owning a custom-restored piano is a rare opportunity.