Piano Restoration Piano Repair Organ Restoration Lafayette, IN

1008 South St  |   Lafayette, IN 47901  |  
(765)-423-2323
 
imgAction of a restored Artcase Steinway Upright from the 1880's
imgGrand pianos at Northside Music Co. in Kokomo Indiana 46902
imgArtwork from Northside Music Co. in Lafayette Indiana from music truck
imgSteinway artcase upright piano restored at Northside Music Co. Lafayette Indiana 47901
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Access to custom restoration services is made only through a system of appraisals and proposals. This would entail a thorough assessment of the original instrument design, specific parts and labor costs, warranty, time, and shipping details. We are happy to offer restoration services to not only our local market, but also throughout the entire U.S. We regularly restore pianos from California and Florida, so no distance is too far.

In general, grand pianos are completely restored at well below their replacement cost and yield an instrument competitive with contemporary pianos. Upright pianos, though many are excellent quality instruments, often include very developed "period antique" cases that identify them as having a special, unique personality. Player pianos are dominated by the player systems, though the greatest variance in these instruments is the quality and condition of the piano underneath the player. Reed organs, though often traded for their antique cabinets, are less expensive to re-manufacture and, once done, are very durable as compared with most contemporary musical instruments.

Restoration of old pianos

A major part of Northside's business is in the restoration of fine pianos made during the 1920s. There is a two-year waiting list for this work.
Piano Restoration Piano Rental Acoustic Piano Lafayette, IN During restoration, the piano is torn down to the wood cabinet. The cabinet is carefully stripped. The strings are often sent to New York where an identical new set is custom made. The action is redone, all leather and wool parts are replaced, and new hammers are installed. The iron casting is taken out, sanded and guilded. Finally after everything has been redone or replaced, the piano is reassembled.

After reassembly, each restored piano goes through several quality checks, including eight to ten tunings. "Northside Music restores most pianos so they will be good for another 50 to 60 years of hard use." Mills says.

Museum-quality restoration

Some pianos, though, are restored more for the museum quality rather than music quality. Because pianos made before 1890 are of a lower technology, Northside Music takes special interest in returning them to their "new" condition, and in getting customers to understand and anticipate the resulting differences with contemporary instruments. When they do accept older pianos, such as the 1790 piano they recently rebuilt for a family in Rhode Island, it is often for the antique and historical value.

"The finest pianos were manufactured between 1890 and 1930," Mills says. The manufacturing changed in the 30's because of the demand for inexpensive pianos in smaller middle-class homes. "Every kid was supposed to try the piano and get some basic musical experiance."

In 1923, there were 2000 piano manufacturers in the United States. Today, there are eight. "It would be physically impossible to completely manufacture a piano in the United States," said Mills. "No one makes actions. No one makes keys." In building or restorations of pianos, Northside Music orders many parts from overseas. Most piano manufacturing has moved to Europe and the Orient.
Text by Laura Mathews
Copyright © March 31, 1988 The Lafayette Leader.
Reprinted by permission.
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Apprasials and Proposals for Restoration Services Offered

Access to custom restoration services is made only through a system of apprasials and proposals. This would entail a thorough asessment of the original instrument design, specific parts and labor costs, warranty, time, and shipping details.

In general, grand pianos are completely restored at well below their replacement cost and yield an instrument competative with contemporary pianos. Upright pianos, though many are excellant quality instruments, often include very developed "period antique" cases that identify them as having a special, unique personality. Player pianos are dominated by the player systems, though the greatest variance in these instruments is the quality and condition of the piano underneath the player. Reed organs, though often traded for their antique cabinets, are less expensive to remanufacture and, once done, very durable as compared with most contemporary musical instruments.

Costs for the proposals and apprasials typically range from seventy-five dollars up, to include charges for travel and more immediate responce. The typical charge in the Indianapolis area is one-hundred and twenty dollars. In Chicago, we usually charge two hundred and fifty dollars for these services.

Pierce Piano Atlas is an excellent resource for finding a piano's age.

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NORTHSIDE MUSIC CO.
1008 South St   |  Lafayette, IN 47901   |  (765)-423-2323