Antique Piano Repair and Refinishing
Shaffer Pianos offers complete piano refinishing for all types of antique pianos including upright pianos, baby grand pianos and player pianos. We will carefully remove the finish from any type of wood. We are experienced with the finest pianos from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including mahogany pianos, rosewood pianos, walnut and oak pianos. We also have the ability to properly restore black (ebony) pianos and any other color piano the customer desires. In addition to complete refinishing, we are often able to preserve and recondition the original finish upon the customer's request.
Shaffer pianos also refinishes and restores other pieces of fine antique furniture from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including fine antique tables, chairs, armoires and more. We have experience with all types of finishes from old world hand applied French polishes that will allow the furniture to look as though it has been maintained in excellent condition for decades, to modern day polyurethane finishes for maximum durability. We can also control the amount of sheen (shine) the antique will have to provide the customer with a flat or satin sheen to a mirror-like high gloss look.
The majority of antique pianos and antique furniture we have been asked to restore have suffered some type of damage. Water, heat, and human neglect or abuse all have an impact on furniture. In many cases, we have had to repair veneer on pianos, repair cracks in lids, make new mouldings and reattach broken parts.
During a piano refinishing job, we can also recondition all facets of the instrument. We can repolish or replate the brass parts, apply new fallboard decals, recondition and refinish the soundboard and cast iron frame (harp) and restore the keyboard. In many cases, we can restore ivory keytops through a combination of repairs and replacements or we can install new ivorine keytops. All phases of the piano restoration are discussed with the customer.