This page features various aspects of the restoration of, mainly square pianos, but also cabinet and grand pianos. Please note, I do not undertake restoration for the general public, but only restore the instruments that are part of the collection. Should you have a piano, square or otherwise in need of restoration, and you do not wish to undertake the restoration yourself, there will be links to highly reputable restorers on the “links” page.
The first thing to do when you have aquired your square piano is to decide if you wish to restore it yourself or have a professional do it for you. If the latter, see above. If you would like to attempt a restoration yourself there are various things to take into consideration.
If you can answer “Yes” to all of the above then you will get great pleasure from bringing one of these lovely instruments back to life.
So, you’ve got your piano and have decided to undertake the restoration yourself. What now? The next stage is to decide what sort of restoration you want. Do you want to conserve the instrument to be admired from afar and played occasionally? Or do you want to restore it to full and reliable playing condition. This is important as it will have a huge baring on how invasive you need to be. Either way, careful documentation from the start is esential. Buy yourself a box file, some acid free plastic resealable bags, and some acid free plastic sleves, of the A4 sort sold in stationers for ring binders. Document everything and save anything which you remove from the piano. This may seem frivilous but it’s an important part of documenting something which your restoration will change forever and we don’t know what questions will be asked 100 years from now. Take plenty of pictures. Unless your living under a rock, everyone has a digital camera of some sort these days. document as you go along, it not only records for posterity the condition the piano was in before you touched it, it can also prove invaluable when it comes to putting everything back in the right place.