Holland pianos are renowned experts for piano restoration in Ireland. We regularly carry out partial and full restoration of pianos.
Even very old pianos in extremely poor condition can be restored to their former glory. The work of restoration is a very slow and painstaking process. There can be many variables when it comes to restoring a piano. The case for instance may need to be stripped back to original wood and more often than not repairs or replacement of veneer will be necessary. Any broken or missing pieces have to be replicated and replaced and then it can be stained and finished. Some finishes may require as many as 20 separate coats.
In the case of a full restoration it can involve complete reconditioning of the frame and acoustic mechanisms of the piano including tuning pins, strings, pinblock etc.
The restoration of the action can be the slowest part of all, because the typical piano action has approximately 6000 parts and the replacement or servicing of such parts can be very time consuming indeed.
The economics of restoration depends on how valuable the piano was when it was new, how good the instrument is likely to be after it has been restored and how valuable it will be after it is restored.
A very good quality brand of piano is almost always a sound candidate for restoration because its value on completion will far outweigh the cost of carrying out the work.
In many cases unfortunately, it is simply not a worthwhile proposition to restore an old piano, because the cost of carrying out the work may very well exceed the cost to buy a more modern piano, that does not require restoration.
There are times however when the cost is not an issue. If the piano is a family heirloom that has a lot of sentimental value, or if for some reason a particular piano has a more historical significance, then restoration can be an option, even though it might not appear to make economic sense.
We are always happy to evaluate a piano with a view to partial or full restoration or reconditioning and we would advise potential clients as to whether it would be a wise investment for them.
We often advise customers who are thinking of having their piano reconditioned to send us some photographs by e-mail, preferably to include one with the front panel of the piano removed, so that we can see the type of action and its condition. We can usually tell quite a lot from these photographs and advise as to whether it is worth further investigation.