At Oxford Piano Service, we have more than 10 years of restoration experience. You can be confident that we will pay meticulous attention to every detail of the rebuilding process. Here are some of the most common elements of a major piano restoration:
Over time, piano strings can become worn, rusty, and corroded. If you notice that your bass notes sound weak, or your upper octaves have lost their liveliness and dynamic range, it may be time for a new set of piano strings to bring your instrument back to life. Here is a look inside the process of restringing a piano.
When to Change Your Strings
These strings are 100 years old and have lost their tone and brightness. You can see the oxidation and loss of elasticity in these strings; these are two of the main factors that contribute to poor tone, loss of sustain, and string breakage.
Removing the Old Strings
There are normally 230 strings on a piano. Restringing an instrument is a large job that requires meticulous attention to detail. Before the strings are removed, several measurements are taken to ensure that new strings are created and installed according to the individual instrument’s scale and design. Once all measurements are recorded, the old strings are loosened from the tuning pins. One by one, each string is removed from the piano.
A piano’s bass strings are wound with copper and are made by a specialty string maker, using a paper pattern or the old strings as a template. Treble strings vary in their wire size and are cut to the proper length as the restringing is done. Each new string is wrapped around the corresponding tuning pin and secured. Once complete, all 230 strings are spaced and aligned perfectly, according to the piano’s original scale and design.