(including historical tunings upon request), regulating, voicing, repairs, limited appraisal services.
Custom action analysis, design, rebuilding and balancing using modern component balancing systems.
In addition to the use of Stanwood Touch Design tools and techniques
with action rebuilding, a proprietary system using functional mechanics to insure specific intertia targets and component
relationships is also standard on all actions.
Complete rebuilding including soundboard
design and replacement, pinblock installation, bridge design, layout and repair, damper systems repaired and installed,
pedals and lyres rebuilt and repaired, complete scale analysis and design, restringing, new keysets, key covering,
ivory repair and replacement, refinishing.
Sales, piano finding
services, brokering, inspection prior to purchase or sale.
Lectures and presentations on various piano related topics for the trade, teachers organizations and the lay public.
Appointments are scheduled
Monday through Friday with some Saturday appointments available (usually San Francisco only).
Serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Appointments outside the Bay Area are subject to minimum
appointment requirements. Please call or email for more information.
fees start at $165.00 for a one hour appointment. Each additional hour is billed at $120.00. For regularly serviced
pianos one hour is usually adequate for fine tuning and some minor adjustments or repairs. For less frequently serviced
pianos one hour may not be adequate to service all the pianos immediate needs. One hour appointments cannot be guaranteed.
For individuals wanting more attention
paid to voicing and/or regulation or if there are more extensive repairs required, please make that known at the time of booking
so that adequate time can be scheduled.
time appointments are typically scheduled as 90 minutes appointments at $225.00. This allows a complete inspection
and assessment of all components and covers most pitch correction requirements prior to fine tuning.
Please call or email for fee information on appraisals, estimates and inspections.
Customers can insure the best quality service by scheduling appointments when noise
conflicts are minimized. It is appreciated if all personal and fragile items can be removed from the top of the
piano prior to the scheduled appointment.
cancellations and no-shows are subject to fees. If you must change or cancel an appointment please do so at least 24
hours in advance (48 hours is preferred) so we may have a chance to reschedule our appointments for that day.
Payment at the time of service is accepted in cash (preferred) 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
We utilize the most modern technical methods and computer modeling for
analyzing scale construction and design, soundboard and rib design, action geometry and touchweight.
Our goals are to develop each instrument to its highest potential while insuring that services
provided are in line with customer goals and the value of the instrument. While we are sensitive to the tonal signatures
of different makes of pianos, we examine all original designs and executions to insure that the acoustical properties
and details of the piano are adequately addressed. Depending on customer attitudes and goals, we can
employ both conventional methods of rebuilding with original or new soundboards as well as incorporate what we refer
to as enhanced performance features where modifications to original designs are made and include soundboard,
scale and bridge redesign to improve transitions between sections, acoustical soundboard shaping, backscale modifications,
custom rib layouts and plate modifications. Please contact us for further information on these options.
We have extensive and ongoing experience
with both New York and Hamburg Steinway pianos as well as many other vintage American and European
We also specialize in the restoration of heirloom pianos especially from
the early 20th century. 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 potential of many of these instruments.
They couldn't be more wrong. 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 (and there are too many names to list) 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.
you are selling a piano we can broker and sometimes consign it for you.
periodically purchase select pianos and are especially interested in older Steinways in original condition.
San Jose State University
First Concerts, San Francisco
Berkeley Piano Club, Berkeley
At Meyer, Temple Emanuel, San Francisco
Individual references are available upon request.