Iain Gordon Piano Restoration
Gordon is an independent Steinway & Sons trained Piano
Tuner/Technician specialising in the servicing, rebuilding, tuning
and toning of fine German pianos, and with over 25 years experience,
you can be assured of the highest levels of craftsmanship. His work
as a technician includes all aspects of piano servicing, from as
little as a tune and check-over, to servicing on site, which can
be between one and five days, and full restoration at the workshop,
which is around four to six weeks work.
The restoration process
is a highly labour intensive operation, and the technical work
alone can take around twenty or so days depending on the make
of piano and extent of work required.
With a full interior rebuild, no component will be left untouched.
This includes unstringing and removing the iron frame and stripping
down the action, keys and damper mechanism. In the case of action
parts, depending on the age and extent of wear, replacement is
often the best option.
To restore a Steinway correctly and thoroughly requires advanced knowledge
and technical skills specific to Steinway pianos alone. One example of this
is the action frame, which is comprised of three rails, which if split (not
an uncommon problem) must be replaced and accurately positioned to ensure
good regulation is possible.
The damper system of a Steinway is also unique in design and again requires
specialist knowledge when being serviced and refitted.
all the technical work is complete, the piano must then be tuned and toned.
This process may take a day or two and using a variety of techniques including
lacquering, needling and shaping with sandpaper sticks to achieve uniformity
of dynamics and brilliance.
For more information about the services that Iain Gordon provides,
including tuning and servicing a piano visit his website:
Iain Gordon Piano Services (www.iain-gordon.co.uk)