We do a lot of piano restoration! We have 35 years of combined experience restoring pianos, including many varieties of finishes and extensive types of wood, including exotic woods. From beautiful refinishing work, to quality action and belly restoration, our workshop is constantly engaged in projects, whether they are private restoration projects or pianos we will sell. Have a look through our interesting galleries of some of the restorations we have done recently.
At no charge, Kenn Wildes comes to see the piano and talk about all aspects of it with the owner, showing the condition of each section of the piano, and explaining repair or restoration options and their costs. If needed, Kenn will choose to tune the piano, as this is an excellent way to assess the condition of many aspects of a piano. Again, this is done at no initial charge, and if restoration is undertaken this initial tuning is simply included as part of the free estimate. If no restoration is undertaken after some time, this tuning is usually billed later.
After the initail assessment, Kenn emails an estimate to the owner, detailing all required work and the total cost. Also included are options for additional tasks, along with their individual costs. The owner of the piano decides what they want to do, and Kenn revises the estimate into a final invoice. A timeline is set and agreed to on the invoice, moving is coordinated, and once a deposit is paid, work begins.
During the restoration, the owner is encouraged to visit the workshop and see the piano in progress. This is especially requested when there is a color choice involved. It is also requested that one sees a piano before final delivery, to ensure that all aspects of the piano are to their liking. The workshop is located in the South Seattle area.
IN HOME TUNING AND GUARANTEE
Once the piano is delivered, a free in-home tuning by Kenn is always included, as well as checking over the regulation and voicing in the final location. A 5 year guarantee accompanies all restoration work done by Stage 7 Pianos
Complete Restoration: a comprehensive term which means fully attending to all of the different aspects of the piano.
Partial Restoration: choosing the areas of work which are needed and leaving the areas which are fine, or needing just simple maintenance.
Identify & Educate: We specialize in identifying and attending to the work needed, and giving full information about all aspects of the piano so that one can make an educated decision between partial and full restoration.
Grain fill: closed or open grain
Sheen: semi-gloss, or optionally satin or high gloss
Color: custom color selection, including back to original
Repairs: any and all repairs, including making new parts, and veneer replacement
Benches: refinish to match, or create / replace with another bench for ideal match
All Details: New Decals, exposed felts, buttons, knobs
Hardware: Polish or replace or replate as needed
The term belly is a nickname from the industry regarding the “speaker” area of the piano- strings, soundboard, bridges, harp.
This work includes:
-Replace all strings, tuning pins, and stringing felts.
-Repair or replacement of bridges, pinblock, soundboard.
-Soundboard and harp (plate) refinishing.
-Replace damper felts, and refinish damper blocks.
Action and Keyboard Reconditioning & Restoration
The action is the mechanism that connects the fingers to the strings. Thousands of parts go into the making of an action, including felts and leathers, wood and metal. Kenn has trained at the Steinway factory in New York, as well as the Sauter factory in Germany.
The goal is to create an even and accurate touch from key to key, so one has complete control especially when playing softly or very fast.
-Regulation Adjustment so that the touch is even and accurate
-Refelting keyboard Replace all keybushings and under key felts
-Hammers Replace hammers with new, from Germany, US, or Japan
-Rebuilding Replace whippens, shanks and flanges
-Modernize Old action designs can be modernized to create a modern touch
-Ivory Restoration Repair & polish existing ivories, to restore to original beauty
-Keytops - new Options are synthetic, new ivory, mineral, or bone
-Keyboard Entirely new keyboards can be installed in case of severe damage
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