|Piano "rebuilding" is a term that has become
all encompassing with-in the piano trade. The word rebuilt
is applied to work as simple as minor repairs to the piano
all the way up to a comprehensive replacement of all key
sound producing components. We began using the term “remanufactured” piano
twenty-five years ago to differentiate the work that we
perform on grand pianos from that of run of the mill
rebuilding shops. The words “Caveat Emptor” surely applies
when searching for a piano rebuilder.
We are a small family run
shop catering to piano owners who are seeking the ultimate
in performance of their pianos. Unlike other stringed
instruments, pianos deteriorate over time with an average
expected performance life span of fifty years. The structural components
can last for centuries, if care is taken to preserve the pianos, but the sound
producing components deteriorate over a much shorter life
span. The piano has approximately 230 strings with each
string pulling an average of 180 pounds of tension. A total
exceeding forty thousand pounds. This tension leads to
deterioration of the soundboard and tuning pinblock. Usage
over time wears the playing parts. Humidity fluctuations
over the years also take a toll on the piano. During humid
months, the wood expands and during dry months, it shrinks.
This leads to cracking of the wood, which is most evident in
the soundboards of pianos. All of these factors combine to
cause the piano to lose the high performance qualities that
its design intended when originally manufactured.
||Piano design has not changed
significantly since about 1890, from a musical standpoint.
The main area of change has been to the exterior cabinet of
the piano. Back in 1890 the pianos were very ornate and
today they have become more stream lined in appearance.
This allows us to take quality grand pianos from the last
120 years or so and remanufacture them to new condition. The
methods of piano remanufacturing used by us were developed
by us over a period of 50 years, gleaning knowledge from
manufacturers, other piano technicians, available
literature, and through our own experience working on
various pianos. The result is a sound and performance level
comparable to the best pianos from the golden era of the
piano in the first half of the 1900’s.
In the early days, we performed our own
refinishing of the pianos that we remanufactured. When Dave
joined the firm, he learned the refinishing craft, but was
aware that it kept us from concentrating on the musical
function of the piano. Dave suggested to his father that
this work should be subcontracted to a furniture refinishing
company. Since 1980, our pianos have been “refinished” by
Kahl’s Refinishing of Richland, PA.
We make all major case repairs, install
the new soundboard, reset the cast iron plate and tuning
pinblock and then the piano is sent out to be refinished.
Once the piano is returned to our shop, we only have to
insert the plate into the piano one final time. This
eliminates possible damage to the new finish on the piano.
Our pianos are refinished with the plates removed, which
allows for a cleaner result.
Kahl’s Refinishing strips off the old
“finish”, makes minor repairs, fills the pores of the wood
and applies a multi-layer hand-rubbed satin lacquer “finish”
to the piano. This is the type of “finish” that was used
from the 1930’s onward in the piano manufacturing business.
We are a small operation geared to hands-on custom work. We
do not hire cheap labor, we do not cut corners and we use
only the highest quality parts available in the world today.
Piano remanufacturing is a labor-intensive endeavor and
therefore, our work is not inexpensive. Each piano is
examined prior to determining a repair agenda and repair
cost for each particular instrument.
For Your Newly Remanufactured Piano
Tuning: Included in the contract is one free follow up
tuning and servicing. This should take place with in two -
three months after delivery. The piano should be tuned four
times in the first year, as the new wire will continue to
stretch and therefore go out of tune much quicker. Once the
piano stabilizes, it should be tuned at least twice per
Action: The action will settle some during early usage. This
is caused by the initial compression of the new felts. The
action will be readjusted at the time of the follow up
servicing. The action will need periodic adjustments
depending on usage.
Voicing: The new felt hammers were voiced prior to delivery.
Additional voicing may be done during the follow up
servicing. The voicing will need adjusting according to
usage and your preferences.
Exterior case finish: The refinisher does not recommend the
use of polishes. Dust may be removed by lightly moving a
tack cloth in the direction of the rubbing marks on the
piano. Fingerprints may be removed with the use of a
slightly dampened cloth and a little mild soap such as dish
washing liquid. Please do not place heavy objects on the
finish of your piano, especially the music desk. The music
desk is not designed to hold a great deal of weight and
heavy objects may cause it to sag. Further, rubber backed
mats or objects may mar the finish.
Piano interior: From time to time you should request that
your piano tuner clean the inside of your piano for you.
For a period of five (5) years from the date of delivery,
Snyder's Piano Service, Inc. warrants the pianos we have
remanufactured to be free from defects of material and
workmanship. This warranty does not include the checking or
chipping of lacquer, the surface cracking of veneer, or the
discoloration of key tops. If, during the warranty period,
your piano is adjudged by us to be defective in
remanufacture, we will repair such defect without charge for
parts or labor.
Normal maintenance work such as tuning or regulation and the
results of normal wear are not covered by this warranty.
Our five year warranty here stated is specifically in lieu
of all other Express Warranties , And Snyder's Piano
Service, Inc. excludes and shall not be responsible for any
and all incidental or consequential damages arising because
of a defect in a piano remanufactured by us. (Note: Some
states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of
incidental or consequential damages.)
Our warranty does not apply to failures caused by the
1) Improper maintenance or repair or the lack thereof.
2) Abnormal strain, use, neglect, abuse, modification or
exposure to sunlight, or extremes in temperature or
3) Accidental damage.
This warranty is not assignable.