Will the piano hold its value?
Will the piano hold its value? There is no question of this if it is one of the top German makes – Bechstein, Blüthner, Bösendorfer, Steinway, etc. German makes such as Lipp, Kaps, some Ibach grands, and some English makes such as Chappell and some Broadwoods will fare well in terms of value too. Modern pianos such as Yamaha and Kawai are not built with reconditioning in mind, though good German bass strings make a vast tone difference, and changing worn hammers is a possibility.
Restoration includes the above, but implies much more fundamental work such as major casework repairs, tuning block and even soundboard replacement. Replacing the soundboard considerably alters the underlying tone of the piano and is not recommended except where it has lost its “crown” or is severely damaged in some way.
A piano that has lost its crown produces a thin and sometimes harsh tone in the mid treble, particularly noticeable around C to F in the octave above middle C (notes 52 to 57). We restore all good makes of piano, though our main full restoration work is on grand pianos by Bechstein, Blüthner, Bösendorfer and Steinway.