The evolution of the piano (1709) originated from earlier stringed keyboard instruments in which sound was made by plucking of strings.
Early keyboard instruments were limited in scope. With the development of the pianoforte, increased sound quality, range and depth spurred a boom of composition and demand for the new modern instrument.
The great composer and pianist Franz Liszt( 1811-1886) revolutionized the prominence of the piano as a virtuoso instrument by the inception of the piano recital in which he electrified audiences throughout Europe with a wealth of piano solo literature from the greatest composers since the time of Bach (1685-1750) to his own.
Piano manufacturers worked to develop the quality of the instrument to support new demands of piano literature and a public anxious to have a piano in their home.
Engineers and craftsman alike were attracted to the burgeoning new industry. Their ideas regarding strengthening the foundation of the piano including new and stronger rim construction, a forged steel plate (harp) and better piano hammers and actions paved the way for improved manufacturing methods. New interest and demand for the piano inspired large scale production.
The pinnacle of the piano industry witnessed a merging of piano craftsmen and the finest materials available to produce beautiful and lyrical instruments many of which are still in existence.
In the 21st Century however, the demand for lower priced instruments has caused compromised quality for many manufacturers. Although some of the world’s leading and finest manufacturers still exist and maintain high quality standards, the vast majority have not. Outsourced construction, the disappearance of the world’s greatest natural resources and a need for cheap and fast manufacturing techniques have spurred poor quality pianos.
Vintage pianos are successfully restored at Piano Renaissance. Pianos made of the finest materials by artisan craftsmen of their day are rebuilt and refinished to original splendor by merging time honored techniques and modern technologies.
Pianos are constructed of thousands of parts and require regular maintenance. The mechanism that transfers energy from the key s and activates hammers to the strings is known as the “action”. Time and wear affect the piano action just as they do the many woods that the piano is constructed from. Strings are affected by metal fatigue, moisture and rust. The pinblock which is a major component in keeping the piano in tune will often fail in time causing an inability of the piano to remain in tune and the cabinet and finish lose luster and resiliency from wear and time.
Craftsmen at Piano Renaissance use modern methods to restore the piano structure and cabinet, replace strings pinblock and action parts. Keys, felts, major and minor components are all replaced or restored. Regulation, tuning and voicing complete our process of successfully returning quality pianos to their original grandeur. Our services include minor repairs to major restoration. Please contact Piano Renaissance if we may be of service to you in the restoration of your fine instrument.