a piano in proper working condition is a job that's best left to
That's why so many families and organizations prefer to have their
work done by Hilbert Pianos. We have decades of experience working
on a variety of pianos needing various repairs. We can give you a
quick evaluation of whether a piano is worth having work done on it
and what options are available for improving it for your
are highly trained and strive to perform our work to the highest
standard of quality.
- Tuning and Repairs
- Piano Moving
Over time, the felt, cloth and leather parts gradually compress and wear. Because each note is played a different numbers of times in different ways, inconsistent wear causes each note to feel uneven compared to its neighbor. Regulation is the mechanical adjustment of the moving parts (action) to restore the evenness of touch and to optimize the power and repetition to each note. Regulation is typically scheduled every 5 to 10 years, depending on how heavily the piano gets played. After 10 years, parts may need some reconditioning before regulation can be successfully done. Reconditioning involves cleaning, restoration of proper friction to moving parts, lubrication, restoration of proper dimensions for noise reduction and proper fit of parts.
of regular tunings, and an occasional repair, many piano owners
aren't aware of the other types of maintenance that can enhance the
enjoyment of their instrument. Ask us how reconditioning and
regulation can improve your piano's playing condition.
voicing is something not all technicians include in voicing services,
but is very important for clarity of tone, projection, sustain and
overall balance of piano tone from lowest bass to highest treble. We
make sure strings are properly seated on the bridges, various places
on the cast iron plate, and that the hammers properly match the
strings for optimal power transfer and good tone quality. Ask us to
demonstrate on your piano how we can change the tonal quality to suit
your personal taste.
We can give you an estimate for work needed on your piano and can offer different options for doing the work to fit your budget, needs or time frame. We charge for written estimates, but if you decide to go ahead with the work proposed, the cost of the estimate will be deducted from the total cost of the work.
We offer appraisals for insurance purposes, for donations to non-profits, or for sales.
We use Northern Piano Moving for all of our piano moving and we highly recommend them. Please contact Josh Merryfield at email@example.com
see “Rebuilding/Restoration” page for details on Reconditioning
and Rebuilding work offered