Services

 

In Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast

  • Repairs and Restorations
  • Tuning

In Gauteng

  • Sales
  • Tuning
  • Rentals: functions and long term
  • Repairs and Restorations

PLEASE NOTE: While we do not give piano lessons, we can refer you to excellent teachers.

SALES

Our reconditioned/restored pianos are sold with a 5 year guarantee against defect in the working parts, FREE delivery and 1 FREE tuning may be booked within 12 months of purchase.

Due to the constant movement of stock, we do not provide an online catalogue or online list of photos - please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a brief list of what is currently available.

We work by appointment. Should you wish to view our pianos, please call before you come for us to make someone available to assist you.

RENTALS

Hire a piano for your function from only R3 500 . For more information please contact us.

REPAIRS and RESTORATION

We have a fully equipped workshop, and currently employ 2 fully fledged piano technicians, as well as 2 apprentices and an action technician who only repairs and restores piano actions, but is not qualified to tune or regulate pianos.

Our workshop is run by Peter Maher (picture below), please see - www.petermaher.co.za

 

Restoration - Bringing back the beauty

Piano restoration requires skill, experience, passion and patience. The principle behind restoring older, good quality instruments is, naturally, to preserve them for future generations to enjoy, and bears certain similarities to the restoration of antique furniture.

However, a piano is more than a piece of furniture and not worth much as a musical instrument if it does not work correctly. Although ideally its originality should be retained, it needs to be restored to the point where it can still function efficiently. It's ridiculous to imagine that an 80 to 100 year old piano could still be in perfect condition. Even if it has hardly been used, it remains subject to damage that can be caused by dust, climate and weather changes, insects or rodents. The felts, tapes and leathers do perish, and will most certainly need replacing. Occasionally the hammerheads and/or tuning pins will require replacing, however in the vast majority of cases these may be left original, and the hammerheads simply faced to remove wear and thus restore the tone of the piano. Most often, the strings do not require replacing, but are simply cleaned to remove the accumulated dirt which also dulls the tone.

The case (or cabinet) should never be oiled (as is often the case with antique furniture). If it looks tatty it should be stripped and repolished by a professional french polisher who is dedicated and experienced, and has an understanding of pianos, to avoid it being damaged, and to preserve its originality. Most piano cases are veneered and not solid wood so that the panels do not warp and crack as a result of changes in temperature and humidity. An inexperienced person can easily sand right through the veneer! Special lacquers are used in the spraying, as opposed to commercially available varnishes. An inexperienced person is likely to get the "varnish" inside the piano. This is virtually impossible to remove, and can do enormous damage to the functionality of the instrument.