Piano Repair

A broken grand piano hammer shankPianos are made primarily of wood. And although they are remarkably durable, occasional breakages are inevitable. This generally becomes more frequent as a piano ages. Proper repair techniques are essential to maintain both the value and longevity of your instrument.

The skills needed to competently repair pianos are wide and varied. The technician needs to be “good with their hands”. And, they should have a strong mechanical aptitude. Much of the common piano repair work must be correctly learned and practiced to ensure a consistent outcome.

Because your piano is a complex musical machine made of wood, felt, and metal, it can have a variety of things wear out, break, or just come apart. These can include: broken strings and hammer shanks (see picture above), worn cloth bushings, broken keys, broken springs, loose action parts, worn out dampers, trapwork  and pedals… and the list goes on and on.

Most piano repair work can be done on-sight. Occasionally, we may need to remove keys, the lyre ass’y  or the entire action to bring to the shop. This usually involves much more extensive repair work or even minor rebuilding.

At Ron Kneale Piano Service, piano repair is always done to the highest standards. I take pride in providing professional piano repair at standards recognized by the Piano Technicians Guild. And, I stand behind all of my piano service work.