Piano Restoration – Important Steps On How To Restore A Used Piano

4fm   March 6, 2017  

The piano is one of the world’s most popular and complex musical instruments. The piano action area alone is assembled from at least 500 components such as hammers, strings, dampers, screws and many other lesser-known parts work together to produce melodious tunes.

Today, the piano is the most popular musical instrument chosen by both old and young music students. Each piano is unique. Many piano lovers opt to restore their old or aged pianos rather than replace them with brand-new ones. Besides the sentimental value attached to their old pianos, the high cost of investing in an expensive new piano is a decisive factor in the growing trend towards piano restoration.

Restoring a used piano is very tedious and time-consuming, requiring the skills of well-trained and experienced piano technicians. With more than 27 years of experience and collaboration with over 40 piano specialists in reconditioning used pianos, we at Piano Malaysia produce five to six units of fully-restored pianos daily. We repair, restore, overhaul and supply fully-reconditioned upright and grand pianos to both local and overseas markets.

All used pianos at Piano Malaysia are handpicked and imported directly from Japan in batches. These used pianos are stored in a large warehouse before being sent to the factory for restoration. The complex restoration process goes through six main stages as below.

1. Breaking-down: Piano parts such as panels, tops, key covers, actions and keyboards are labelled and strip down. Later, the important areas of the piano like sound board, iron frame and key-frames are covered and protected with unused newspaper.

2. Spraying: This is a major job involving four steps. First, uneven surfaces and pores are patched. It is followed by spraying with a base colour, usually black. Next, sanding is carried out to ensure smoothness. Finally, another round of spraying with a finishing coat completes the job.

3. Polishing: All cabinet surfaces, covers and internal metal parts like iron frames, pins, strings and pedals are polished. These parts are replaced with new ones where necessary.

4. Action overhauling: Action components like centre pins, hammers, keys, dampers and bridle straps are reassembled and regulated. Key-frames and keyboards are adjusted.

5. Tuning: Once each piano is re-tuned to its standard concert pitch, it is ready for display and sale in the showroom.

6. Quality Control: Upon receipt of orders, sold pianos undergo surface re-polishing. Action parts, keys and pedals are re-tested. These steps ensure all components are ful1y functional and properly aligned with excellent touch and perfect tone.

These reconditioned ‘like new’ pianos are now ready to be packed with or without wooden boxes for delivery to designated destinations throughout Malaysia and overseas.

We provide customized services to suit individual customer requirements especially for overhauling of antique pianos or requests for collector’s items. We produce regular numbers of units of reconditioned pianos monthly. We are very proud to supply fully-restored pianos at much more affordable prices.