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