A modern piano is made up of more than 10,000 parts that are highly
susceptible to changes from environmental factors. The piano's action
(moveable parts) goes through thousands of repetitions every time
the piano is played and subjected to many different stresses. Therefore,
repairs are not uncommon.
A malfunction could be caused by something as simple as an object
falling into the piano or could be as complex as replacing a pinblock
and restringing. Every situation is different and requires an accurate
assessment followed by a customized repair plan that should be executed
by a highly qualified technician.
The "sticking key" the most common repair. There
are literally dozens of causes for this problem and, more often
than not, this problem can be rectified during a tuning appointment.
older pianos, as parts fatigue and become brittle, there can be
catastrophic failures like a broken hammer shank. A more gradual
failure and common repair is worn hammer heads. If the hammer heads
are not too badly worn, they can be filed down to provide a new
even strike surface thus providing improved tone.
are many other problems that occur with an aging piano including
broken strings, malfunctioning pedals, dampers in need of regulation
or various cosmetic repairs such as chips on old ivory key tops.
Replacing old ivory key tops with new plastic keys is an
attractive, cost-effective repair to your family's favorite piano.
Voicing, considered "the final step" in piano
preparation, concerns a piano's hammers. Because the tone changes
as the felt hammer heads wear, periodic voicing of the hammers may
be necessary so that your piano will have an even, full tone through
the entire scale and produce the widest possible dynamic range.
If a client finds the tone too bright, harsh, too soft or mellow,
the hammers can be adjusted to better suit the pianist's taste.
When it comes to needed repairs, Pianocraftsman always strives
to educate you, the piano owner, throughout the entire process.
As a highly-qualified and skilled technician, Paul will complete
the repair by using the best materials available and ensure the
best possible performance for your piano.