Choose Pianotex to restore your prized upright or grand piano
Pianotex repairs, reconditions, and restores pianos from the past 125 years.
The piano pictured above, for instance, is a Mason & Hamlin Model “A” grand piano – built in the 1920s. We restored the piano at Pianotex about 10 years ago. Oh, what a beautiful bass sound!
If you live in or near Dallas – Fort Worth, one of our experienced piano technicians can inspect your upright, baby grand, or grand piano to determine cost and viability of bringing your piano back to original condition.
Bring your piano “back to life”
Expert piano repair, reconditioning, and restoration procedures can extend the life of your piano.
And, in many cases, the work can be performed at a fraction of the price of buying a new piano of equivalent size and quality.
Not every piano will qualify as a worthwhile piano restoration project, of course. That’s because the required work can sometimes cost a great deal more than the value of the piano (in the marketplace) after all work is complete.
In making a piano restoration decision, we understand that the sentimental value of your piano is often more important than the monetary value. Especially if you’re wanting to keep the piano in your family for generations to come.
After a thorough inspection and evaluation of your instrument, we can advise you of restorative options, costs, and potential value after the work is completed.
We’ll offer our best advice and options. But you can feel free to make a choice that works best for you.
Bravo! Thank you Anna and Theron for a job well done!
I was incredibly pleased with the recent restoration work done on my 1909 Steinway upright cupola piano.” – J. Brent McCartney (Keller, TX)
Our piano inspection and evaluation process
We’ve inspected, evaluated, and made professional recommendations to piano owners for more than 40 years. Our hands-on piano restoration experience helps us predict, identify, and evaluate potential problems inside the piano.
Here are four basic questions we attempt to answer in the early stages of our piano inspection/evaluation process:
1) Was the piano a good instrument when it left the piano factory 20, 50, or 100 years ago?
2) What’s the current condition of all 10,000 parts inside the piano?
3) Are there serious issues with the case, plate, soundboard, pin block, or the piano action?
4) Can we find replacement parts, if needed, to ensure a fine touch and beautiful tone?
If we get satisfactory answers, we move ahead with our inspection. Our hope is that we can ultimately recommend a cost-effective restoration strategy that will make your piano look and sound great again.
Does piano restoration include piano refinishing?
Opinions abound concerning a precise definition of “piano restoration.” Some people think they own a restored piano because their aunt or uncle refinished the family piano years ago in the garage.
It gets a bit confusing. That’s because it’s indeed possible to get your piano refinished without doing any type of repair or restoration work inside the piano.
Likewise, reconditioning work inside the piano does not always require piano refinishing. Some pianos can look spectacular after decades of use, but may require action regulation, voicing, a new set of copper-wound bass strings, and trapwork repairs to truly sound spectacular.
Refinishing the piano case is generally considered part of the full restoration process. Piano refinishing can also be a standalone item, or can be performed in conjunction with other piano repair or partial restoration work.
Three “Broad Categories” of piano restoration work
- Cleaning and Repair. Cleaning procedures can include the piano soundboard, strings, keytops, piano action parts, cabinet/bench/pedals/brass, and more. Repair work can involve anything inside or outside the piano – from piano lid and piano bench repairs to fixing any of the 10,000 individual parts inside the piano. See our Piano Repair page for more information.
- Reconditioning / partial restoration. A general improvement of the entire piano that can include cleaning plus repair items, piano action refurbishing, and/or replacement of hammers, tuning pins, and strings. This category can sometimes include refinishing of the piano cabinet/case.
- Complete restoration / rebuild. Procedures usually include: Restring the piano and replace the pin block. Repair or replace the soundboard. Replace hammers, dampers, key bushings. Regulate the action. Replace other sets of piano parts as needed. Refinish the piano case.
Is it time to get your piano refinished or restored?
Call Anna Scott, R.P.T. and Pianotex co-owner, to discuss your piano project.
Our regular store hours are 10am – 6pm, Monday thru Saturday. After-hours times available by appointment.
Anna will ask you about the history and current condition of your piano. If available, you can e-mail some digital pictures – inside and out – of your piano, too. And let her know whether you’re thinking about: 1) Cleaning and repair, 2) Reconditioning or partial restoration, or 3) Restoration/rebuild project.
If you would like to see examples of our work, we encourage you to visit us in Arlington, TX. You can see pianos we’ve professionally prepared and made available for sale in our piano showroom. You can also see pianos in our workshop currently undergoing repairs and restoration procedures.
To prepare a detailed no-obligation estimate for you, we will need to schedule a time to carefully inspect and evaluate your piano. If you choose to move ahead with your project, we can apply the modest cost of the inspection toward your shop work.
Remember, no cost & no obligation to get a conversation started. Let’s talk!