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Does it need a full rebuild or does it just need some new action parts, a good regulation, and a good clean out and tuning? That's also complicated work of course.


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Here's a post from my Facebook page, showing an example of the level of restoration work done by Cunningham.

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IMHO and from own observation, the "best" Steinway rebuilders are those who [when asked..] admit that Hamburg models are [in most cases..] superior to U.S. models. Their confidence in their work does not have to be pampered by "alternative facts"
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The question can be read that there is a man with huge means who starts trying to do best for a tiny grand....

My proposition would be - even if the S-155 is a fine grand - for it's size... - search a bigger one.

Good grands start at 180 cm. There is a reason that a "seven feeter" (200 to 230 cm) is the dream piano for most of the private piano players.


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To re-open a little more specifically: I have a Steinway M from 1930. Its innards are pretty good. No door-to-door restoration, but some decent work done in the last decade. The finish, however, needs work. It is a mahogany, and the varnish is somewhat caked and cracked from decades of coal furnaces, etc. Also, there is at least one surface that would need renewal (the small one to the right of the keyboard).

Any recommendations on shops especially good at that part of the gig in Massachusetts or New England?

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Originally Posted by Maestro Lennie
To re-open a little more specifically: I have a Steinway M from 1930. Its innards are pretty good. No door-to-door restoration, but some decent work done in the last decade. The finish, however, needs work. It is a mahogany, and the varnish is somewhat caked and cracked from decades of coal furnaces, etc. Also, there is at least one surface that would need renewal (the small one to the right of the keyboard).

Any recommendations on shops especially good at that part of the gig in Massachusetts or New England?

Peter Grey is in New Hampshire.

His profile has his contact info.

I don't know if he does refinishing himself, but if not he could probably recommend someone in the area.

If you want to go farther, there's always Cunningham in Philadelphia, or Piano Craft in Maryland.

I understand there are others in the New York metro (but I'm not familiar so familiar with them), and, of course, there's Steinway themselves in NY.


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Originally Posted by Maestro Lennie

Any recommendations on shops especially good at that part of the gig in Massachusetts or New England?


There are a lot of rebuilders in that area of the country, between the weather and the proximity to current and former factories, and the North Bennet Street School. I don't know the work of many of them, so I can't really make a specific recommendation.

I would strongly suggest playing finished examples of rebuilt pianos that have undergone similar rebuilding as a means of selecting a vendor, more than by reputation online alone.


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Originally Posted by terminaldegree
I would strongly suggest playing finished examples of rebuilt pianos that have undergone similar rebuilding as a means of selecting a vendor, more than by reputation online alone.

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If you just want someone to repair the finish, there should be people who do that. It could be considerably cheaper than having the piano refinished.


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I would advise also checking out Chupp's Piano Service in Northern Indiana. I've played their work, and they do a nice job.

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Hi all,

I'm sitting here with a Steinway Model O from 1905 I'm looking to restore, located in NYC. There are a wealth of restoration shops in the area, but I'd welcome any DMs from anyone who has personal experiences with any rebuilders in the general area.

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I would recommend these:

Faust-Harrison: New York City Area (Irving Faust)

Steinway & Sons: Austoria, NYC

Cunningham Piano Co: Philadelpha, PA (Rich Galassini)

Freeburg Piano's: Hendersonville, NC (Keith Freeburg)

Pianoworks: Atlanta, GA (Sam Bennett) - check out their YouTube videos of restored pianos

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In addition to the above list I would also recommend Cantabile Piano Arts in Yonkers. 1st class piano rebuilders.

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Are you looking for a restoration expert or a rebuilder?

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The scope of the work it needs probably pushes it into the rebuild realm rather than restoration as far as I understand (probably a new pin block etc).


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Lindeblad in NJ I would recommend. Visit their shop and take a tour with Todd Lindeblad and you can see many examples of their work.

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Originally Posted by Retsacnal
Older posts aren't always accurate. People retire. People relocate. Etc.

Speaking of life changes, since the OP first posted and mentioned David Andersen, he has sadly passed away.

Edit to add: I mean David Andersen has passed away, not the OP (although he doesn't seem to have returned in the 18 months since first posting).

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Ron at Action Piano in Pearland, Texas is exceptional. He was chosen by Steinway to train their rebuilding staff some years ago.

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+1 to Cantabile in Yonkers, NY. I literally played dozens of Steinways, mostly B’s, (including those rebuilt by many of the folks mentioned here) when I was piano shopping. Cantabile had some of the most beautiful playing and sounding pianos. (Don’t ask who I ended up buying from - I ended up with a new M&H, but that’s a different story.)

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