piano repair & improvement programs / prices 2018
For upright pianos mainly with an under-damped action. Piano must be assessed first prior to any work.
Package deals A - D are for intermediate piano repairs & improvements only (between basic repairs & refurbishment)
All prices are estimated and a guide only. Over-damped pianos may incur additional costs.
Call-out fee is based on a local visit.
Quotations (for specific repairs) are valid for thirty days
See my special package deal "EV" for Eavestaff Mini Pianos only
The word "repairs" covers wording like "refurbishment" "improvements" "restoration" "overhaul" - in context with the package deal. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................
The following repair & improvement package deals include a part or full strip-down of the mechanism, cleaning, and replacement
of all 85 or 88 parts mentioned. All come with warranty and tuning included. Additional labour = £20/ hour
Package deals A - D require mechanism to be taken away, not the whole piano (local only).
If you live a considerable distance away (e.g. London/ Scotland), then for any package deal, the whole piano must be shipped.
Grand piano package deals (at distance) are subject to higher carriage costs and storage costs; please ask for a quote.
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A >> BUDGET PACKAGE £495
Good assured repair deal - recommended for the novice pianist / 1st time buyer / moderate aged piano.
Replacement to bridle tapes, front balance leathers and re-pinning up to 20 parts; hammer re-facing.
3 months warranty/ tuning at pitch settled / additional work = £20/ hour.
The remaining package deals are for most kind of pianist, from a beginner to advanced.
B >> STANDARD PACKAGE £695
Very good service - recommended for the family piano / .... popular deal.
Including package A plus: Inner hammer notch leathers, hammer butt springs & loops (for better repetition);
Re-pinning up to 40 parts. Tuning & service included/ band 2 pitch raise. 4 months warranty and 2 call-outs.
C >> QUALITY PACKAGE £795
Quality assured service - normally £895 - saving £100.
Recommended for older pianos - 40-60 years of age.
Repairs including above plus hammer rest rail, dampers (UD), chipped or missing key tops, pedals.
Odd cabinet scratch repairs / small cosmetic damage repairs / re-pin up to 60 parts
6 months warranty/ tuning & service/ pitch raise band 3 or less / 2 call-outs.
D >> PREMIUM PACKAGE £1,595 (was £1,795) -- save £200
The premium piano service at a low cost - for pianos aged over 60 years / good level pianist
Detailed repairs to hammers, levers and dampers / keyboard & pedals.
All the above plus: new damper felts/ backing felt and springs (UD); full re-pinning service.
12 months warranty / 2-3 call-outs / tuning & service
All call-outs are priced within a radius of 20 miles.
For pianos with many defects, package deals A-C may not apply.
Additional costs for pianos fitted with butt spring (combined damper) rail (no loops) price STA.
Removal costs may apply if the piano is at distance.
The following package deals are for full refurbishment or restoration - as a complete program.
Your whole piano must be taken away and moved into my workshop for the duration of the work.
Removal quotation will depend on the distance, normal access & ground floor.
E >> PREMIUM BRONZE PACKAGE £3,400 (was £3,500) - SAVE £100
Full rebuild to mechanism / re-face hammers / pedals / re-bush keys
Complete re-pinning service
New treble and bass strings / tuning pins (wrest plank & pin torque must be checked)
Original parts rebuilt / cast frame / soundboard polishing & repairs
Piano removal costs apply : 2 years warranty
Full tuning & service, and free back-up tuning & service included in 6 months time
F >> PREMIUM SILVER PACKAGE £5,350 (was £5,650) - SAVE £300
All the above in package E plus more......
Brand new hammer head felts recovered (original head cores & shanks)/ profiled & toned
New keyboard under-felts & baize / felt washers (key frame) / keys burnished & levelled
Good level of casework renovation / French Polish revived (old).
All brass work (hinges/ locks) and ornamentation restored
Piano removal free (within 20 miles); 3 years warranty
Full tuning & service / back-up service in 6 months time
G >> ULTIMATE GOLD PACKAGE - £7,950 (was £8,450)
- SAVE A MASSIVE £500
Needs no introduction - the full works!
New hammers, dampers and levers. Full pedal & keyboard restoration. Full re-string.
Including cast frame art work/ decals / gold leaf finish & lacquer.
Brand new hammer heads & shanks (maple or mahogany) - ordered from Germany
Piano removal free (within 30 miles); 4 years warranty
Full tuning & service / back-up service in 6 months time / full aftercare service
FREE New humidifier (or heater) fitted - worth over £100
Optional: Modern Ebonised Faux cabinet finish for half price - please ask for details.
H >> CABINET POLISH PACKAGE (optional) £1,500
One-off special deal for piano cabinets having a bad day! - very tired looking / lots of scratches etc.
Including piano removal + relocation/ 6 months warranty.
Full strip-down of all panels, lids, facias, sanded and stripped/ chemically cleaned and prepared.
Polish applied: Modern black ebonised faux - satin finish. Will look fantastic in any home.
EV >> EAVESTAFF MINI PIANO PACKAGE DEAL £1,850 (injection process only)
For only: Eavestaff mini pianos of the 1930s / art deco / tuning pins under keyboard / rear mechanism / 63 keys
Full mechanism refurbishment to hammers, undercarriages and dampers/ keyboard repairs
Including tuning pin injection solution process (worth £275) if required // full regulation & tuning
These miniature pianos require intricate and specialised work, and are not like any other standard upright piano.
I am specialised in all kinds of Eavestaff Mini Piano projects.
Piano removal required (not included); 12 months warranty
Learn more about Eavestaff........
GRAND PIANO REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENT PACKAGE DEALS / RESTORATION PRICES
For most grand pianos up to 5ft in length (about baby grand size), the above details and prices are very similar.
Certain parts such as hammer rollers / removal costs/ 6ft+ in length will require a separate quote
ERARD PARIS/ LONDON BOUDOIR GRAND PIANOS (pre 1920)
Erard grand pianos are very specialised, and require specialist restoration skills, tools and equipment.
Restoration costs start in the region of £10K
Learn more .... .
MIX 'N' MATCH PACKAGE DEALS
We may be able to mix and match a package deal that suits you.
For example, if the pedal mechanism is still in good working condition (yet listed in a package deal), I may be able to tidy up any pedal work, and extend (say) re-pinning, if required to make up the difference in work. If additional repairs are required, I may list these separately, such as un-seizing key capstan grub screws/ let-off screws.
UNSEIZING SCREWS + PARTS
During the repairs/ resto to any piano mechanism, all adjustment screws must be able to be turned freely for later adjustments. If most of these are rusty/ seized solid - I will need to free them off, then wind them back down (or up) to their original settings. This process takes along time, and may involve "impact" driving screws & slots, and/or heating screws to loosen them. I also use a "wiggle" technique - by wiggling rusty screws back & forth for about 5 minutes each to loosen them. This kind of work costs around £50 in addition to your quotation (packages A - D). All screw threads will be freed of rust, soaked in WD40, cleaned and dried ready for re-fitting. Should any grub screw break, we have a few spares. Should any let-off screws break, there would be an additional charge for replacement screws. If certain screws are rusty and corroded, they are all hand-cleaned, sanded, primed and coated in a satin black spray paint.
Any extra work will be shown on your quotation, and priced accordingly.
PIANOS I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RESTORE
Please note that I may not be able to restore the following pianos (please ask):-
Eavestaff mini pianos (1930s art deco style/ never previously serviced/ very poor condition)
[For most repairs, all mini pianos may need to be removed into the workshop - i.e. Kemble Minx/ Eavestaff 50s]
Spring & Loop / over-damped mechanisms (pianos pre 1910)
Re-string 3/4 framed cast or wooden framed pianos (i.e. cottage pianos)
Lindler (IRL) Irish upright pianos from the 1970s (those with plastic snap-on parts) models: Lindner/ Topic / Cameo / Festival
Learn more about Lindner....
Pianos with over-damped mechanism (bird cage) - that may appear in poor condition
ANY piano predominantly stored in a cold/ damp environment (i.e. garage).... and/or with excess insect or wood worm damage
ANY piano with living insects/ larvae or serious levels of damage may be refused
A piano mechanism/ strings with any degree of mould, rust, corrosion or badly seized parts may be subject to an additional quote.
If your piano requires repairs/ notes not working etc., please do not book a "tuning" visit - your piano cannot be tuned until all the repairs have been done - this may require a separate visit. Once the mechanism is working correctly, you can then book a tuning appointment.
Please complete the form below for a "repair" appointment first.
For all repairs and restoration package deals, your piano must be assessed and fully inspected (face to face) first before I can advise you of costs and the best package deal to choose. You will also be asked a few questions as I progress after the initial contact..
Here are some of the questions asked (which you should include answers in your request form below):
1. Where do you live in the UK/ abroad?
2. How long have you owned your piano?
3. What is the approximate value of your piano (e.g. auction selling price)?
4. If bought on-line, did you have your piano inspected first prior to purchase?
5. Has a piano tuner/ technician been called out to your home recently? Results? When called out?
6. Based on our given package deals, what is your budget for repairs?
I may require some "specially taken" photos of your piano first before an assessment is made; I will let you know.
Photos submitted must include at least one of the internal mechanism in full (clear and focussed) - I would show you how the photos need to be taken. Please note that photos do not replace an assessment.
If I agree to restore your piano (after inspection/ price agreed etc), I will send you an application form to be completed.
Please remember that I must SEE your piano, like a builder would need to see your home prior to a quote.
Any piano that has been assessed/ inspected, but refused restoration will still be required to pay the assessment fee.
PIANO REMOVAL FEES
Piano removal fees are not included in any of the package deals or quotes above.
I will gladly give you a separate quote for carriage, and I use a reliable and professional removal company.
The removal process usually takes between 7 - 10 days.
SELF - REMOVAL?
If you would like to carry out the piano removal yourself, please note that we do not accept any liability for damage done to your piano, nor do we assist in the removal process. Should our workshop walls/ threshold areas / doorway frames become damaged through self - removal, all damages must be paid for in full.
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