Piano Rebuilding

Written by Josh Dodes
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If you are interested in piano restoration, chances are you have heard about the rising popularity of piano rebuilding. More than just a touch-up, this enterprise involves taking the shell of a brilliant musical centerpiece and lovingly reconstituting its missing parts with the help of historians, technicians and no small amount of artistic ability. The result can be a musical instrument that looks as dazzling as the day it was born and sounds even better thanks to modern tuning and materials.

You have to be a piano lover to appreciate the many benefits of piano rebuilding. There are those who say the pianoforte never sounded better than when manufacturers used the kind of slow growth hardwoods one rarely sees in a lumberyard anymore. If you want a board that sings like Mozart's, you will want to start preserved pieces from this celebrated era in piano manufacturing.

Piano Rebuilding Makes Sense

The simple fact is, grand pianos can be prohibitively expensive even when new. Get into the antique business and you are likely to see those prices skyrocket into six figures and higher. Why pay top dollar for an instrument that may be past its acoustic prime when you can have the same sound from some that gleams like the latest art pieces in your home?

The best way to get a company you can trust to do this delicate work is by retaining the help of an expert oversight team. Some of these people even help you with the negotiation process, adding the weight of their considerable experience and authority to the process to ensure you are getting the deal you deserve. Piano rebuilding is a complex, nuanced process, and the surest way to make a mistake is to jump in without the benefit of good research.


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