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Cost of restringing a 6' grand #1465201
06/29/10 06:32 PM
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What would it typically cost to restring a grand (say 185cm) - any knowledge from the grand gurus would be appreciated.Have a grand in the tropics and despite having two damp chasers its strings in the top end are starting to break during tuning and a couple of the base ones are suspect now.

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Re: Cost of restringing a 6' grand [Re: Cobber] #1465228
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I'm not a professional but since no one has answered so far, I'll say that I received a bid for about 3100 US dollars for re-stringing together with a new pinblock and re-gilding the plate.

I think the re-stringing was around 1500 of that. The bid did not include moving costs.

But if the pinblock, bridges and so on are in good shape, they may just do the job without moving the piano.

The cost for strings alone, without labor, is 500-600 dollars.


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Re: Cost of restringing a 6' grand [Re: charleslang] #1465238
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... having a piano is just like having a car... it's really really expensive.
makes me want to learn how to tune and maintain a piano before I even think about buying one lol


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Re: Cost of restringing a 6' grand [Re: charleslang] #1465249
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Originally Posted by charleslang
I'm not a professional but since no one has answered so far, I'll say that I received a bid for about 3100 US dollars for re-stringing together with a new pinblock and re-gilding the plate.


I think the cost may go higher than that, or my piano tech was robbing me blind. I think alot depends on the bass strings you select. My tech explained to me that there are relatively generic replacement strings and there are much higher-end custom strings. Probably the best answer to this question would come from the Tuner/Tech forum.


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Re: Cost of restringing a 6' grand [Re: crogersrx] #1465277
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Hmmm.... generic replacement bass strings vrs. high end custom bass strings. Go for the gusto and spend that extra $100 bucks! grin

Restringing usually also entails disassembly, pinblock ?, chip,pitch raise, multiple upon multiple tunings,new damper felt,cost of the pins,wire.bass strings,agraffes,refinish the soundboard,reguild the harp, replate the plate bolts,pinblock screws,duplex bars,set the plate, refelt the plate,restencil the plate,soundboard decal,change the bridge pins........Uh For the rebuilder,restringing is the easy part! grin

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Re: Cost of restringing a 6' grand [Re: pianobroker] #1465612
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Like pianobroker said, stringing is the whip cream on top...it's when you get to hear the rewards of your hard work.


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Re: Cost of restringing a 6' grand [Re: Les Koltvedt] #1465633
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On top of what Pianobroker said, it is often the case that the piano would have its bridges replaced at this time, adding more $ to the job. You need the piano to be evaluated beforehand.

Take care,

Steve

Re: Cost of restringing a 6' grand [Re: Steve Jackson] #1466123
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I've heard pricing from $3k to $5k. These are tough times and piano rebuilders may give you a good deal.

Re: Cost of restringing a 6' grand [Re: gnuboi] #1467852
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Looks like I need to get it evaluated before deciding what to do and if it is worth doing. Many thanks for the informed input.


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