Tuning (including non-equal temperaments upon request), regulating, voicing, repairs, appraisal services.
Action rebuilding includes custom action analysis using our own proprietary system and balancing using modern component balancing systems including smooth weighting (sometimes referred to as Stanwood protocols). Our system includes dynamic analysis (inertia) as well. All hammer replacement jobs include custom hammer design and selection to bring the best possible tone and touch for each instrument and player.
Complete rebuilding of the belly of the piano includes soundboard design and replacement, restringing, pinblock installation, bridge design and layout, damper system installation, pedals and lyres and trapwork, complete scale analysis and design, restringing, and refinishing.
Sales, piano finding services, brokering, inspection prior to purchase or sale, piano buying consultation, appraisals.
Serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area including East Bay, Marin and South Bay. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday. Occasional Saturday appointments available in San Francisco only.
Service area days are typically:
San Francisco and upper peninsula: MWF
East Bay: Tuesday
South Bay: Thursday
Marin appointments are scheduled in conjunction with both San Francisco and East Bay appointments.
There are exceptions to this schedule so if they do not fit with your needs let us know.
Basic tuning appointments start at $175 and are scheduled for approximately one hour. Additional work is billed at $130 per hour. For regularly service pianos a one hour appointment is usually sufficient for fine tuning plus any minor repairs, cleaning or adjustments. To keep pianos performing optimally some additional time is recommended at least periodically to address voicing, regulation, lubrication and other ongoing maintenance items.
First time appointments or pianos that have not been serviced in a long time may require additional time for pitch corrections, other service requirements and/or a general assessment of the instrument and its needs. Final charges ultimately depend on the service requirements.
Appraisals to determine fair market value or for insurance purposes are $225 if the piano is located within the normal service area. Appraisals include a written condition report and recommendations. We do not do tax appraisals for donation. Appraisals for current customers or that are done in conjunction with service appointments are discounted to $130.
For more than one piano in a single location call or email for more information.
Phone: 415 407 8320
Customers can insure the best quality service by scheduling appointments when noise conflicts are minimized (leaf blowers, lawnmowers, vacuum cleaners and jack hammers and are not our friends).
It is appreciated if all personal and fragile items can be removed from the top of the piano prior to the scheduled appointment.
Payment at the time of service is accepted in cash or personal checks. Credit cards and Paypal not accepted at this time.
Rebuilding and Restoration
Rebuilding and restoration services are uncompromising in terms of quality, thoroughness and attention to detail. All work is individually tailored to the specific needs of the instrument and with the goals of the owner/player in mind.
We utilize the most modern technical methods and computer modeling for analyzing scale construction and design, soundboard and rib design, action geometry and touchweight. All projects are engineered for optimum performance. All hammer selections are customized taking into consideration tonal as well as touchweight requirements.
Our goal is to develop each instrument to its highest potential while insuring that services provided are in line with customer objectives and the value of the instrument. We examine all original designs and executions to insure that the acoustical design properties and details of the piano are (and were) adequately addressed.
We specialize in vintage New York Steinway pianos but have extensive experience with both New York and Hamburg Steinway pianos as well as many other vintage American and European pianos.
We are sensitive to the needs surrounding the restoration of family heirloom pianos. Many families don't wish to part with pianos that have been handed down through the generations but are reluctant to undertake a full restoration project because of the perceived limited market value of many of these instruments. While the market may not always recognize these instruments in terms of resale value, many of them have great musical potential that shouldn't be underestimated. With great care taken to design and execution, these pianos can perform as well or better than many of the more easily recognized name pianos and can be restored with musical and structural integrity to last several more generations.
Rebuilding projects are accepted from all regions of the United States and we can help you to arrange transportation.
Go to "Pianos for Sale" pages for our current inventory of available pianos.
If you are selling a piano we offer brokering services.
We do not currently consign instruments for sale.
We periodically purchase select pianos and are especially interested in older Steinway grand pianos in original condition.
San Jose State University
Old First Concerts, San Francisco
Berkeley Piano Club, Berkeley
Music At Meyer, Temple Emanuel, San Francisco
Individual references are available upon request.
David Love is a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) having passed the certified examinations with the Piano Technician's Guild and has been working in the piano technology industry for nearly 40 years.
He is experienced in all levels of piano design and construction and specializes in the restoration and rebuilding of vintage American and European pianos, especially Steinway.
Personal expertise includes action rebuilding and touchweight design utilizing modern component parts balancing systems and inertial touchweight analysis; hammer design, selection and matching, soundboard design, manufacturing and installation, bridge and scale design and modification, concert preparation, and all aspects of day to day piano servicing.
He is a classically trained pianist having studied with Adolph Baller, William Corbett-Jones, and Peggy Salkind and brings this skill to the careful analysis of piano performance. He was Adolph Baller's personal and concert technician for many years until Mr. Baller passed away in 1994.
He provides consulting services to both companies and individuals on various design and technical issues.
His contributions on various technical topics have been published in the Piano Technicians Journal, an international publication on piano technology and he offers classes and seminars on various technical subjects to the trade, piano teacher's organizations.
In 2011 he was invited by the AIARP (Associazione Italiana Accordatori Riparatori Pianoforti) to their national convention in Cavalese, Italy to lecture on piano rebuilding and restoration, theory and practice.