piano restoration & rebuilding
All pianos will require a certain degree of maintenance and replacement of parts over the course of its lifetime. Merriam Pianos has extensive experience in rebuilding and restoring instruments, and we’re able to handle products of all sizes and complexity. If you’re considering giving your piano a second life, call us and let us work with you to determine the right level of work and budget.restore your piano
PIANO restoration & rebuilding
Have you just inherited a family piano, and you have absolutely no idea whether to fix it, sell it, junk it, or where to even start?
Did you just purchase a low-cost piano off Kijiji, and it turns out you’ve got a fixer-upper?
Merriam Pianos has been rebuilding pianos for two decades, and our work is amongst the top in our industry. However, before we change a single string, there are two issues to consider: is it worth the high cost, and how good will the piano sound?
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Additional Information on Rebuilding
Except in instances of concert-level instruments, such as Mason & Hamlin, Steinway, Bosendorfer, or Bechstein, the cost of rebuilding a piano will never be recouped through resale value. This also means that you can almost always purchase a new piano for the same price, which sounds better and will be easier to maintain. Therefore, the cost really can only be justified because of sentimental reasons: if the piano has special meaning to you or your family, then it may be worth it.
In terms of what results to expect from a full piano restoration or rebuilding, the piano will never sound better than it’s original design permits. In other words, if the piano was a mid-level or entry-level model when it was originally purchased, there’s a good chance we won’t be able to squeeze any more out of it than it was initially. And a basic entry-level upright piano from the 1950’s is not going to sound as good as a basic entry-level piano from the 2000’s – the manufacturing technology and materials used have advanced enough that it wouldn’t even be close.
However, if you’ve got an heirloom or concert-level instrument, then a rebuilding could make both economic and musical sense.
If you’d like to speak to our team about whether it makes sense to consider a rebuild of your instrument, please complete the form below, or call