The piano has artistic, styling, or historical importance. Art case pianos, pianos with unique cabinet styling, pianos owned by celebrities, and historically important pianos may justify rebuilding because of their unique character.
Piano rebuilding can cost $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 or more. The most important thing with piano rebuilding is the extent and quality of the repairs. A rebuilt piano should perform and last as long as a new piano. Too many pianos that are "rebuilt" have too many parts that were not replaced. In an attempt to save costs parts that are barely possible (or worse) are not replaced. Sometimes the entire job has to be done again in a few or several years.
A few tips on piano rebuilding:
- Get a written contract with an itemized list of all repairs to be done. Bids with such phrases as "repair or replace misc. worn part, etc." are to vague to have any value for repairs over a few hundred dollars.
- Try to see an example of the rebuilders work. If that is not possible get a list of references.
- Do some home work on the subject. Larry Fine's book "The Piano Book" has some good information on the subject.
- Also, please check out "REBUILDING -grand & upright" on the main menu of this web site.
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