Sunday, January 30, 2011

Why should I rebuild my piano?

Why should I rebuild my piano?

When the car comes out old and worn, replace. If your bike gets old and worn out is replaced. When your toaster gets old and worn out is replaced. When your husband or wife becomes old and worn that ....... well ....... have to take it anyway! :-)

But it can not be a good idea to replace your pianos if it is old and worn. Why?

The best reasons are about to follow. However, the BIG reason why most of you are concerned, is that you can have a real reconstruction done to the rebuilt pianos for about the same cost of a new piano to a much inferior quality. You will spend from 10% to 100% (depending on the circumstances) more to acquire a new level of quality equal to your old rebuilt.

Here are some more reasons:

First, the basic construction of many old pianos is so good that a new piano may well be less well built. Many manufacturers of pianos, new uses of materials under the sound card and the use of saw dust pressed board for their moving parts. There is a long list of attributes of a new piano that can not be as good as your old piano.

Secondly, I have the technology available to me here to make your piano better than it was when it was new. Here are some things I can do for your piano that could make better than new:

1) Rescale the piano. This is to recalculate the size of the cables used to insert the piano. It also includes a complex process of redesigning the way they are overloaded bass strings. With a ladder carefully redesigned and wound strings from a string winder prize, the scaling is almost always done better than when new.

2) Redesign the dynamics of action and weight touch. Many new pianos will have been performed by touch and weight regulation portion of their production rather quickly. Once roughed in, will be shipped. Having rebuilt your old piano, you can ensure that your piano will reward the attention given to every aspect of the regulation of action. In fact, when possible, I prefer to play on my reconstructs the actions for several hours and then adjust again before sending them.

3) The designs of lower quality in Replace the locking pin with a locking pin fully fit as the best producers of use

4) When you have your piano rebuilt, you can specify exactly in a very specific color and style of finish you want. No need to settle for what you can find on the showroom piano in a music store.

5) It is' good for the environment. N. mahogany trees or products of tropical rain forest to be killed in order to restore the piano. If the piano still has ivory key tops so you will not have to kill an elephant to get the new one (which is still illegal). Even if your original ivory look so horrible you think it can not be saved, I'm willing to bet I can make them look beautiful again! And if your ivory is beyond hope, I have access to legal ivory and bone that can be used to replace the originals with linings in ivory superior to those originally installed. Of course, some new forests must be placed in your piano rebuilt, but the rare tropical rainforest woods are saved through recycling. In addition, some older pianos are wonderful facets about them that I do not see new pianos.

6) You can install a new sound card that is far superior to what most current manufacturers are doing. I produce new sound cards much higher quality than most piano makers for new uses. In fact, the old card in many small brand pianos can be replaced with one of my paintings, making the finished product significantly better than the day it was new.

7) The finishing materials that are used in top grade nitrocellulose. It 'hard and tough, but easy to repair and easy to replace in the future through the body. Many new pianos were made with polyester finishes. They seem to hit when they are new, but polyester can not be removed once it is applied to the wood. When the final will be consumed on a piano that has been treated with polyester, you might as well burn the piano. There are ways around this. You can aggressively polyester sand away to get down to the wood again. However, the chances are excellent that you ruin the veneer in the process of getting off the polyester.

I could go on and on with more and more reasons why it makes such good sense to rebuilt pianos. There is the question of sentimental attachment to your instrument, to preserve a piece of history, to maintain a family heirloom. There is the question of the beauty of furniture used in many older pianos that can not be bought today. The bottom line is that the reasons to save these pieces of history through the restoration far outweigh any concerns that would tend to make us destroy these pianos. My vote is that we maintain and restore them. What is yours?

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