We take careful and precise measurements of the string scale, tuning pin diameter, length, and torque, plate height, and string bearing at the bridge. We make a paper string pattern of the bass strings with exact measurements of core and wrap wire diameters which get sent to a string maker for an exact duplicate of your bass strings. Once patterns and measurements are recorded, we remove the old strings and tuning pins then, we remove the cast iron plate from the piano. It then gets washed, sanded smooth, cleaned, and re-guilded. All string contact points are smoothed.
With the plate removed, we have access to the bridge, pin block, and soundboard. The bridge and soundboard are inspected for cracks and separations. If any are found, they are repaired and crown is restored to the soundboard. Once all of that is complete, the plate is reinstalled to proper height. All plate hardware is then cleaned and buffed to a shine (or is sent to a plater if needed). Hardware is installed and the plate felts are replaced.
Next, new strings are installed! We use high quality German stainless steel wire for the treble sections. Each string is replaced by hand and then it is on to the new bass strings! Special care is taken not to touch the copper bass strings with bare hands as this can lead to early tarnishing and discoloration.
Once all new strings are installed, they receive multiple tunings to help them stretch out and settle in. The end result is a piano with new found life and sound!
Are your keytops cracked, chipped, or discolored? We can help with that as well!
If you have real ivory keytops that are discolored (ugly yellow color) there is hope! Your keytops can be restored to like new condition! Real ivory is no longer legally available, so why not keep your original ivory? With block sanding, bleaching, polishing, and a LOT of elbow grease we can brighten and whiten your ivory keytops to like new condition.
If your keytops are plastic composite or "ivorine" (imitation ivory) they can be replaced.
Keys are removed and transported from your piano to our shop. Once there, the old keytops are removed and jigs are set up to precise measurements. Next, we mill off just enough material from the keystick to remove any leftover keytop material and adhesive, leaving a perfectly clean, perfectly square keystick.
Special, super strong adhesives are applied to the keystick and backside of the new keytop. Both pieces are fitted together and allowed to dry. Once dry, the new key keytop is filed and shaped as needed for a perfect and precise fit.
Tyler's Piano Service Piano Tuning, Servicing, and Repair
Restringing a piano is one of those "once in a lifetime" repairs. Piano strings typically last anywhere from 50-60 years before they lose their tone and become "tubby" sounding. The steel wires get tarnished and rusty. The copper windings on the bass strings get oxidized and corroded and can often times develop a "rattle" or "sizzle" sound to them. The result is a dull, lifeless sounding piano. Fortunately, we can help!
To restring a piano properly takes time, patience, and a lot of work! As with our tuning service, we go above and beyond just replacing strings.
There comes a time in every piano's life where it just doesn't play like it used to. Humidity changes, temperature swings, years of playing, and even rodents all take a toll on your piano action. The leather in the action gets dry and thin, the felts pack down, the friction wears out bushings, and the result is a worn out action that plays poorly and doesn't have the same feel it used to.
Fortunately, before you blow the bank and spring for a full action rebuild, there is an intermediate step called Action Reconditioning that can be taken in most cases.
In Action Reconditioning, all of the original components remain but receive an "overhaul" so to speak. Key height and depth are reset, springs are tightened, hammers are filed and shaped to expose nice new felt, all pivot and friction points are lubricated, and all regulation adjustments are made to return the action back to factory specifications.
The result is a better feel and a better sound. All without draining your bank account. Happy piano, happy you!
The result is a nice, new, bright and clean set of keys! We offer a choice of either scratch resistant, high quality, acrylic German keytops or keytops made from Tharan, a mineral composite with the look and feel of real ivory.
As you can see in the following link, there is more going on inside your piano than simply pushing down a key and having the piano make sound:
Each action component can be adjusted to some degree. With so many little parts all working together, it is important that they are all adjusted (or regulated) to proper specifications. Proper adjustment to each component is vital to achieve the maximum potential of your instrument.
Upright piano actions use more "spring power" to return all parts to starting position, whereas grand piano actions primarily use the forces of gravity and weight. Because of this, grand actions will oftentimes have a heavier "feel" to them and upright actions will feel "lighter".