Piano Repair Services
You might have a brand new instrument or you might have a relic that’s been in the family for generations. It might be the latest Steinway Grand or a last century Harrington. Many factors will affect your instrument: its age, its craftsmanship, its environment and its use. But at some point you may find yourself in need of piano repair services.
How will I know if I truly need piano repair services?
Most of the time you will know something is wrong with your piano. You may not know exactly what the problem is, but it won’t sound right to you. At this point you would invite a piano technician to evaluate your instrument and see if they can identify and fix the problem.
Sometimes you will just schedule a regular tuning and the technician will let you know that some repairs are in order. This may be surprising, since your piano sounds just fine to you. Why would it need repairs? Hopefully you have a technician that you trust and who can explain in detail exactly what is happening with your instrument and why repairs would be the best course of action. Be sure to ask about the consequences of foregoing or delaying repairs. Better safe than sorry.
What Types of Piano Repair Services are There?
Your instrument may encounter any number of problems, ranging from small issues that can be fixed in minutes, to complex deterioration that requires delicate and meticulous work. Here are brief descriptions of some of the more common types of piano repair services. For more details read our related blog post.
1. Physical Damage to Parts
This includes broken strings, pedals, hammers, dampers, malfunctioning keys or any other one of the 10,000 parts your instrument is comprised of. Usually physically damaged parts can be fixed fairly easily, as long as a replacement is available or they can be glued back together.
For instance, broken strings cannot be mended and so must be replaced. The important aspect here is to ensure the replacement string is an exact match of the original. Strings can be made of different materials, be different lengths and be coiled in different ways. Our technicians always make sure to look for an exact match. If they don’t have one available, they will order it for you.
Other parts like pedals and hammers can sometimes be re-glued and salvaged without needing to be replaced. Ask your technician to explain what techniques they are applying and how they plan on repairing your piano.
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2. Full or Partial Action Regulation
Action Regulation is the process of adjusting and aligning the 10,000 parts that make up your beautiful instrument in order to return it to its former glory. A complete action regulation consists of dozens of procedures performed in concert on your instrument with the goal of rejuvenating it.
Even if you have your piano tuning serviced regularly, over time you may notice that it just doesn’t sound like it used to. Perhaps the tone is uneven, the sound is sharp or the instrument just doesn’t quite respond to you the way that it should. All of the above may be signs that it’s time for a regulation.
It is recommended that an instrument get regulated every 5-10 years. More frequently with heavier use. While regular tuning will keep your instrument “in tune” it will not prevent nor fix the wear and tear your instrument experiences from being played, being exposed to heating and cooling, insects and moths and other environmental stresses. Action regulation can increase your instrument’s longevity and return it to the best possible condition.
You would be surprised just how much dust, debris and other curious objects can end up inside your instrument on a regular basis. Getting under the hood of a piano every few years and cleaning out all the unwanted extras can breathe new life into your instrument. It is also best for you not to be breathing all that dust while playing. But please do not attempt this on your own. While cleaning sounds like a mundane task – your piano is an intricate and delicate construction where everything hangs in perfect balance. Even cleaning your instrument must be done by a trained professional.
4. Other Repairs
There are many other reasons your piano may require repairs, too many to list. The important thing we hope you take away from this post, is that when you have a piano tuner near New York you can trust, you won’t have to second guess repair recommendations. We partner with our clients and treat them like we would friends and family. We care about your instrument and want it to have a long and healthy life. And above all we strive to educate our customers about their instrument, so that they are better equipped to take good care of it for years to come.
FAQs: Piano Repair Services
Can I find good piano repairs near me?
It is important to find a skilled and experienced piano technician for your repair needs. We are lucky to have very talented technicians on our team, who are not only officially Registered Piano Technicians, but also masters of their craft. If you are looking for piano repairs near New York or New Jersey, give us a call.
Always do your due diligence, read reviews and ask for referrals. Something we do to put our clients at ease is to assure them that our piano repair services are guaranteed. If something doesn’t quite sound or look right, we will always return to double check and ensure the job is done to the highest standard.
How much will piano repair cost?
Because piano repairs vary greatly, so does piano repair cost. It will depend on the procedures involved, the health of your instrument, any new parts that need to be purchased and of course how long the repairs take. We will provide any parts we purchase on your behalf at cost. Our prices are fair and reasonable. If you are dealing with financial hardship, please let us know. We will work with you to find a solution.
How long will piano repairs take?
Just like the cost, this will vary. Our technicians are some of the best in the area and we continually impress our customers with the speed and quality of our work. We will let you know approximately how long a procedure will take before we begin. Some situations require that work happen over a period of time, so that your instrument can settle into its new “state” before proceeding further. In this case we would need to return a few times to finish the job.
Does my piano need a tuning after the repairs are completed?
Sometimes you will need piano repairs and tuning. If your piano underwent a pitch correction or another serious procedure, the final part of the work is to tune the piano. If we just fixed your pedal, a tuning is not necessary. We will always let you know what your instrument requires in order to sound its best and will discuss the plan of repairs before work commences.
How often will I need piano repair services?
Piano repair services are not like tuning a piano – there is no standard timeframe for scheduling your next repairs. Your piano will need repairs when either you or your piano technician (during a regular tuning) notice something off with your instrument. Our technicians always try to anticipate a problem and will alert you to any deteriorating parts or worsening conditions. Preventing issues from progressing and snowballing by acting early will save you time and money down the road. Always ask your piano technician to explain and educate you about the problem. We strive to inform our customers and help them make informed decisions.