(including historical tunings upon request), regulating, voicing, repairs, appraisal services.
Custom action analysis, design, rebuilding and balancing using modern component balancing systems,
smooth weighting and inertia control. All hammer replacements includes custom hammer design to bring out the best
tone possible for each instrument.
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.
Serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area including East
Bay, Marin and South Bay. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday with some Saturday appointments available
(usually San Francisco only).
Service fees start at $165.00 for a one hour appointment.
For regularly serviced pianos (twice a year) 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 needs. Additional time
is billed at $120.00 per hour.
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.
First time appointments or are typically scheduled for 90 minutes at $225.00. This
allows a complete inspection and assessment of all components and covers most pitch correction requirements prior to fine
tuning. Pianos that have not been serviced in some time may also require longer appointments.
Please call or email for more information.
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
Last minute 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.
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 with both all New York and Hamburg Steinway pianos as well as many other vintage
American and European pianos.
One of our specialties is 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 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 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 can broker and sometimes consign it for you.
We periodically purchase select pianos and are especially interested in older
Steinways in original condition.
Jose State University
Old First Concerts, San Francisco
Berkeley Piano Club, Berkeley
Music At Meyer, Temple Emanuel,
Individual references are available upon request.