The Restoration Process

At Premier Piano, each instrument is evaluated before disassembled with 3 directions of restoration


These are the ABC’s of the piano: Action, Belly, and Case.


Action: The keyboard and keys are refurbished including new felt, bushings, and keytops. Premium parts are used for all action replacement projects. Our Steinway restorations use genuine Steinway action parts. Also available are new custom made key sets.


Belly: This includes pinblock, soundboard, plate, strings, and dampers. Quartersawn lumber core pinblocks made of rock maple are used in our rebuilds. If the piano needs a new soundboard, premium Sitka spruce panels are used. The bridge is re-notched and pinned, or a new bridge cap is installed. The plate is repaired, painted, and lettered. The strings used are the best wire and tuning pins available. Dampers are refurbished and new felts installed. When the action and belly work are completed the piano is placed under an action “pounder”, where the piano is played vigorously for up to 10 hours. This settles the action and stretches the strings, speeding the stabilization of the piano.


Case:  The old finish is removed and repairs made to the exposed wood. Primers, stains, and top coats are applied and following sufficient cure time, the piano is sanded and polished to its final sheen. All hardware is plated, polished, or replaced.  In addition to our lacquer finishes in black or clear (for wood tones), we are among a handful of shops in the nation to offer high gloss polyester.


Average time for a complete restoration is usually less than 5 months. 


At Premier Piano Service, we provide:   


  • Complete Grand Piano Restoration
  • Piano Pinblock Replacement
  • Piano Action Replacement
  • Piano Soundboard Replacement & Piano Repair
  • Total Cabinet Refinishing & Piano Restringing
  • Affordable Piano Sales
  • Anything else you need!

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