Steinway Piano Restoration
Pleasing transformation: Steinway grand 1904: French polishing
Before and after restoration: Steinway upright model K 1936
We buy, sell and restore Steinway Pianos and would be pleased to quote for work on modern and old Steinways.
Steinway grand pianos have a powerful tone and are designed to be played in a sizeable room with a high ceiling (the model “S” made around 1925 is the exception to this, being of quieter tone). Smaller rooms would be better suited with a much quieter piano such as a Blüthner.
Common restored grand pianos
Models O’s, A’s and B’s are by far the most common Steinway grand pianos that are restored. They vary enormously in quality by the amount of use that it’s had, but generally the older Steinway grand piano has had extensive use and will therefore most likely to be very worn. Reconditioned grands can also vary in quality so if you’re buying a restored Steinway grand we would strongly recommend having a Steinway trained technician check it first.
Common restored upright pianos
Most common Steinway upright pianos brought and sold in the UK are pre-1900 and generally require extensive reconditioning. Dealers tend to veer away from restoring a Steinway upright as all Steinways are “fussy” pianos and eat up much time in the reconditioning process. An old Steinway upright can take almost as long to restore as it would a grand. Therefore it is not an economical proposition for a lot of dealers. However, at Roberts Pianos we do offer restoration on all Steinway upright pianos including full action replacement.
Grotrian Steinweg, Bechstein, Lipp are other fine older style German upright pianos found in the UK, their design is more simple and in some instances can be a better economical consideration than to pay the costs of restoring a Steinway upright piano. However modern Steinway pianos (from about 1950) do become much more efficient in their design.
Fully restored 88 note Steinway upright piano, 1888
A factor to consider with the finish
Please note that mahogany pianos with bright polyester finishes have the tendency to fade over time due to the wood and it may be impossible to restore without having to strip the polyester. Therefore we would recommend a piano with a polyester finish that is black coated as we believe this would make a better investment. Turned legs and fretted music desks are found on most Steinway grand pianos up to about 1905. Square tapered legs and plain music desks are the most common.