Repairs / Reconditioning

In the same fashion in which a cosmetic surgeon offers a suitable candidate a variety of options, I will carefully assess the state of your piano's mechanical “health.”  This would range from fixing sticking keys, fixing or replacing broken piano strings all the way to a complete replacement of worn out action parts(the high end models are most often the most suitable candidates for this whereby the hammers and shanks and other parts such as whippens are replaced). Or the action is a candidate for backcheck leather replacement and the list goes on. The goal is to optimize the performance because the older parts can't do as well as they  once did.  On occasion I've done rebuilding as well such as restringing  but usually refer that elsewhere because I specialize chiefly in home service(the maximum in home service I do is complete hammer/shank replacement with the required regulation and if necessary, a complete replacement of the bass strings).

Regulation in and of itself is a necessary component of piano service.  I really came to appreciate just how relevant it was after attending the Yamaha Little Red School House held at the Yamaha Corporation in Buena Park, this back in April of '77.  I came to see that their detailed procedure involving 37 steps is universally applicable to all grand pianos, not just Yamaha's.   You will recognize if your piano is out of regulation, if for instance, there is what we techs call “bubbling hammers” wherein the hammers strike the strings a number of times when the note is played just once(I have also referred to it as "stuttering" hammers).   A main cause is that the hammers have become too distant from the strings so this has to be corrected accordingly.  More commonly in uprights, there's a need for what are called "capstans" at the back of the keys to be raised so as to take up lost motion which will then create a more efficient feel to the playing.
Using the amazing grand piano sound board cleaning tool.

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