simple repairs can be done right in your home, but
occasionally the parts
need to come to the shop for extensive work where we have specialized
equipment necessary to do the job correctly and precisely.
explaining extensive work beyond minor repairs, various terms are used
throughout the industry, but they aren't standardized, so the
following are our definitions ranging from the least amount of work
to the most.
is using original parts as much as possible and bringing the piano
back to good playing condition.
felts and leathers may be replaced to restore the original dimensions
but, in general, parts are not replaced unless they can't be
is bringing the piano back to its original playing condition using
the original parts as much as possible in order to maintain the
original design, tone and touch. Restoration work is commonly done
on antique instruments or on instruments of historical value where
one is trying to maintain the originality of the instrument. This
work is often done for museums or musicians wishing to play on period
instruments. As much of the original instrument is retained as is
possible. The piano may not play or sound as well as it might with
modern re-engineering and/or replacement of more parts; but, it will
retain as much of its historical authenticity as possible. Many
technicians do not enjoy this type of work or don't understand the
historical importance. We enjoy this type of work and do our best to
be historically accurate. Think of this as “historical
preservation”, not modernizing or upgrading away from the original
will replace most all of the replaceable parts of a piano. This goes
well beyond ‘reconditioning' and is extensive work. The
intention here is to bring the piano to ‘like-new or better'
playing condition, New parts are chosen to the owner's selection
for both sound and playing characteristics. Replacement parts may be
from the original manufacturer or other supplier depending on
individual preferences. Often we can recommend new parts that will
sound and function even better than the original parts.
most cases, “Rebuilding” will essentially give you a new piano
inside the original case.
specialize in rebuilding of high-end pianos and piano actions (the
playing mechanism). We use the highest quality parts in our action
rebuilding and pinblock/soundboard/string replacements.
piano actions we go beyond merely replacing action parts and
regulating them. We feel that pianists want an action to be an
extension of their fingers and that it should respond with ease to
whatever nuance they are trying to achieve. It is for this reason we
go the extra step of insuring absolute consistency from note to note.
We make sure the friction is correct and consistent by checking all
the moving parts. This means up to 1232 friction points are cleaned, adjusted, and lubricated in just the action alone! There are numerous other friction areas throughout the piano as well. Then we make sure the keys are properly balanced
for consistent touchweight from note to note. The end result is an
action that plays like velvet, leaving the pianist to enjoy being a
better musical artist.
specialize in the rebuilding of high-end pianos. Rebuilding will
Note On the Rebuilding of Actions:
the rebuilding of the action is most always involved in the of
rebuilding of an entire piano, it is also frequently done separately
during the lifetime of a piano before a total rebuild is needed.
rebuilding is extensive and very time consuming. It requires a great
deal of skill, knowledge, and patience - especially patience.
However, done well, it will often restore a piano back to as good as
new or better playing condition. The end result is an action that
plays like a dream, responding easily to a pianist's every nuance and subtlety.
There are different quality levels and costs to the many parts and
materials used in pianos. Many technicians, to save money, will use
less expensive and lower quality materials. At
Hilbert Pianos we prefer to use only the highest quality parts in our
action rebuilding and pinblock/soundboard/string replacements.
memory of money saved is forgotten long before the disappointment of
an inferior job.”