Three Approaches to Piano Restoration

Conservative | Modern | Innovative. 

  • With the conservative approach, the restorer places a high priority on preserving as much of the original instrument as possible.
  • With the modern approach, the restorer attempts to make the piano only as good as it was when new, closely maintaining the original design.
  • With the innovative approach, the restorer not only replaces worn parts with new, but also feels free to modify the design of the instrument in any way that, in the restorer’s judgment, would make it perform better — even in ways the manufacturer never contemplated and might not approve of. 

In this article, several well-respected piano restorers, each approximately representing one of the above positions, explain their approaches to restoration in general and, specifically, how they might be applied to various eras of Steinway grands.

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Scott spends most of his time as a piano tuner and technician. He enjoys playing with his band, "Short and Horny" for weddings and other celebrations. On Sunday morning, he can usually be found playing pipe organ for a local church service.