Building a Piano is Not the Same as Piano Restoration

 

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What is the difference between building a piano and rebuilding a piano?

Rebuilding a piano is not the same as building a piano.

Building a piano entails the total construction of a piano from scratch from the raw materials available according to a set of plans that the piano manufacturer draws up. Manufacturers employ piano engineers who play a crucial and central role conception and design process.

As an examples, see an excerpt from the Mason and Hamlin Factory Brochure.

To see the complete brochure, see Mason and Hamlin.pdf

Rebuilding a piano is usually not performed by the original piano manufacturer, though Steinway has in the past and in the present, has done some rebuilding of their older previously manufactured pianos.

Rebuilding or Remanufacturing a piano is done in a piano rebuilding facility by a piano technician who specializes in rebuilding. The most comprehensive rebuilding job begins as a starting point with the original rim, beam understructure and plate and action frame. I have had a Master Piano Rebuilder, Chris Robinson in Connecticut rebuild a Steinway O for my customer. The piano had been sitting on its side for 15 years in a synagogue and was missing it legs, pedal lyra, lid and fallboard.

All the cabinet parts at to be reconstructed and replaced where necessary. The core of rebuilding entails replacement of the soundboard, pin block, strings, tuning pins, action parts and more. Then there are more partial rebuilding projects that only involve replacement of the pin block, strings, etc.
For more info on rebuilding, see Rebuilding article on PianoTalkOnline.com

 





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