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The Largest Piano Tuning and Service Organization in the Western United States Exceeding Your Expectations Since 1976

  • An association of piano technicians, working under the guidance of Shawn Skylark, a highly acclaimed concert tuner with over 36 years of experience
  • The only piano service to offer a money-back, 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Whatever type of piano you have, whatever level of service you require, we have the right technician for you!
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Reconditioning/Rebuilding

What is the difference between reconditioning and rebuilding?

Be wary of these terms, as there is no industry standard for their meaning. Someone can advertise a piano as being rebuilt, when in fact all they did was paint the plate, or maybe change some strings. Generally, a piano receiving average use may deteriorate over time such that it is simply not capable of functioning at it's best. Maybe the strings are rusting, or the action is worn out. At that point, if normal service can no longer bring the piano to an acceptable level of performance, it is time for the client to decide whether it is worth putting money into improvements, or simply buy another piano. This can only be decided with the help of an honest and trained technician. If enough of the piano is still in reasonably fair condition, sometimes it makes sense to simply replace the parts that are "shot." Any work that partially restores a piano without addressing the entire instrument can be considered reconditioning, so it is important to know exactly what has or has not been worked on or proposed.

Even the term "rebuilding" is not an absolute. Generally it refers to a piano that has been completely overhauled. It should at least indicate all new strings and tuning pins, and new hammers and action parts, but in order to be a true rebuilding the piano should be completely inspected, and a thorough and comprehensive plan should be developed by the technician in conversation with the client. Before buying a piano that has been "rebuilt" or committing to have your piano rebuilt, make sure you have in writing exactly what has been, or will be done.

These days, skilled technicians have the capability of rebuilding an instrument to standards higher than the original. We can replace sound boards, bridges, and pin blocks, improve stringing scales, and redesign key boards and actions to significantly improve even the most exclusive and exotic instruments. We work in close association with one of the premier rebuilders in the Bay Area, to ensure that any of our clients considering rebuilding their pianos receives the highest level of service.

We Specialize in:
  • Bosendorfer
  • Steinway
  • Petrof
  • Schimmel
  • Yamaha