Vintage Piano Restoration
This is the foundation and mainstay of David Andersen Pianos; we offer what we call complete piano service to good pianos in the Los Angeles area. Once a piano is brought to a high level of performance, through restoration or action geometry refinement if necessary, then rounds of tuning, action regulation and tone building, it requires relatively little maintenance to keep it at the same high level of function year after year. Naturally, the amount of maintenance needed varies with the amount and intensity of usage.
COMPLETE PIANO SERVICE: THE REAL STORY
The ability to understand, diagnose, and implement the work necessary to put a piano in its maximum playing condition, and keep it there, through judicious maintenance, throughout its years of use.
This is a part of the craft that starts with a detailed understanding of how a piano functions, then is brought to fruition through years of hands-on experience. Good piano technicians can, with seeming ease, figure out in a short time the problem and the solution, can perceive what an instrument needs mechanically or tonally to function at a higher level. In my practice, diagnostics is a huge component, because serious players want their instruments to sound and feel good, and pianos can only sound and feel good, and pianos can only sound and feel good when they’re well-regulated, tuned solidly and musically, and well-voiced-in balance and operating at somewhere close to 100% capacity. In my experience, there are very few piano technicians in any given area who are operating a complete piano service as I do. If you’re fortunate enough to have one where you live, you’re lucky. I’ve described what the practice of one of these “wizards” could look like here.