HEIRLOOM STEINWAY RESTORATION

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AMERICA’S LARGEST INDEPENDENT STEINWAY REBUILDER
We have proudly and meticulously rebuilt over 1000 heirloom Steinway pianos.

The best Steinway pianos ever made were built between 1890 and 1940, known as Steinway’s “Golden Era”.  So many pianists and even the Steinway family agreed.  These superior heirloom Steinway pianos were hand-crafted to exacting standards by old-world artisans using the highest quality parts and materials.
This distinction unfortunately declined after WWII with changes in Steinway’s ownership, craftsmanship, parts and outsourcing. And unlike their Golden Era methods, Steinway today relies on semi-automated manufacturing.  So high quality heirloom Steinways are in high demand.

Our rebuilt heirloom Steinway pianos are the finest Steinways available. We use the highest-quality parts and craftsmanship, closest to what Steinway employed 100 years ago.  These Steinways regain all their former glory and become truly unrivaled, world-class Steinway pianos.

The best Steinways were built [in the early 1900’s]

-Theodore Steinway
The Wall Street Journal

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Using the highest-quality parts and craftsmanship closest to what Steinway used 100 years ago we re-create heirloom Steinways with all of their former glory!

Steinway & Sons once manufactured magnificent cast-iron harps (the heart of a piano) in their own New York foundry, but that foundry is long gone. Golden Era Steinways have those original NY foundry harps but new Steinway pianos do not. This is one of the reasons that new Steinways do not have the special Steinway “soul” that defines the Golden Era Steinway.

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Renner actions are the most precise and responsive in the market and are the preferred actions for most pianists. Steinway & Sons uses them in their new Steinway Hamburg pianos, and we use them as well. And since each Steinway piano works best with only one of many possible combinations of action parts, our Renner-trained technicians custom-select and perfectly fit just the right Renner parts for each Steinway action that they rebuild. Renner parts cost more, so many rebuilders don’t use them, and those that do use them often don’t have the expertise to custom-select and fit them as we do.

The craftsmen who install and calibrate the actions and dampers in our rebuilt Steinways are the most highly trained and experienced in the industry. Our tuners and technicians who voice our pianos and make them concert-ready are invaluable in creating a polished, finished product. The dedication and attention to detail by these specialists yields the highest quality rebuilt Steinway piano available

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Hand-wound bass strings are essential to create a powerful bass sound. Less expensive, machine-wound bass strings used by many rebuilders do not produce the dramatic depth of sound that typifies our rebuilt Steinways.

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White spruce is the preferred soundboard material for practically every high-end piano manufacturer, and for us. Our soundboard material, supplied by Bolduc, comes from Adirondack eastern white spruce trees, the finest in North America. Careful culling and seasoning of this wood yields premium soundboard material with unsurpassed tonal quality and durability. Steinways restored with other, lower cost soundboard materials do not perform as well as pianos that have soundboards made from premium white spruce.

An exact fit of the carved soundboard to the inner cabinet rim, which we carefully achieve in every piano we rebuild, is essential for maximal sound projection. An imprecise fit, found in many other rebuilt Steinways, causes the sound to be weak and muffled.

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The hard rock maple that we acquire from Bolduc yields bridge caps that are unmatched in purity and strength. Bridge pins set in this superior, rock-solid material provide solid anchors for the piano’s strings, which is essential for their tones to be steady and true. Steinways restored with other, lower cost bridge caps tend to produce tones that are imperfect and less stable.

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Considerable effort is put into our hand-rubbed lacquer finishes, and the superior result is clear. With a quality not found in other pianos, our refinished piano cases have a rich, satin luster that compliments every other fine detail in our pianos. The rich finish is magnificent and fully worth the extra effort it takes to achieve. It is yet another one of the features in our rebuilt Steinways that distinguish them.

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The craftsmen who install and calibrate the actions and dampers in our rebuilt pianos are more highly trained and experienced than most others in the field. The tuners who ensure that our pianos are properly voiced are invaluable in creating a polished, finished product. The dedication and attention to detail by these specialists results in the highest quality rebuilt Steinways in the industry.

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The efficiencies that we achieve with our volumes and refined manufacturing processes enable us to charge very competitive prices even though we provide the highest quality. Rebuilt Steinways sell for 20 – 30% less than the price of a new Steinway, and depreciate at a slower rate than new Steinways. As such, our fully rebuilt Golden Era Steinways are not only superior instruments, they are more affordable than new Steinway pianos and a much greater value.

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Our 20-year warranty is a testament to the high quality of our work. Steinway pianos that we rebuilt 20 years ago are every bit as good today as the day they were rebuilt, and for the nearly 40 years that we have been in business, we have not had a single substantial warranty claim! Furthermore, our size and financial stability assures that we will be here to serve our clients long after many other piano rebuilders have moved on. Compare this to the record of Steinway & Sons; according to their last financial statements, their warranty claim expenses averaged over $1 million per year.

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