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Shaffer Pianos currently has one to two openings for a vintage grand or square grand piano. Whether it's a full rebuild or a museum quality restoration, we can provide the services you desire including the careful transport of your piano. (Email for more information.)



In addition to our inventory of restored antique pianos for sale, we also provide complete piano refinishing and restoration services. A careful and thorough restoration to its original sound and beauty will significantly increase the value of an antique piano—by as much as 20 times the unrestored value.  Shaffer Pianos provides a full range of piano restoration and piano rebuilding services and can develop a work plan tailored to your taste and budget to get the most out of your piano.  We only use the finest and most compatible parts when restoring pianos to ensure reliability and authenticity. 

Restoring an Antique Piano often entails: refinishing or restoring the finish on the piano’s case; repairing the original ivory keytops; replacing strings and tuning pins; repairing the soundboard; and reconditioning or rebuilding the action (playing mechanism). A restored piano does not have to appear “over-restored” to the point where it looks out of place in a room with period antiques. When working with interior designers who wish to place an antique piano in a client’s room, we try get a sense of what type of statement the piano will make—will it be the focal point of the room or simply blend in with the décor?

Rebuilding an Antique Piano often involves: refinishing the case on the piano; repairing or replacing keytops; replacing the piano’s tuning pin block; repairing or replacing the soundboard as needed; polishing or replacing brass; refinishing the cast iron frame (harp); and rebuilding the piano’s action.



We can carefully remove the original finish from the piano and refinish it to look like new giving it a color of your choice (mahogany, walnut, rosewood, ebony or any other color) and either a satin or gloss sheen. In many cases, we can also restore the original finish on your piano so that it looks like a beautiful antique piano kept in excellent condition.

Our refinishing techniques used on antique pianos and antique furniture are dependent on a number of carefully thought out factors including: the original finish used on the piano, the type of material that will be the most durable for the climate the piano will be subjected to, and the client’s taste. We are versed in working with lacquers, varnishes, urethanes, and old fashioned shellac (French polishing). We meticulously apply as many coats of finish to the piano as is needed to build a beautiful, silky smooth finish. Unfortunately, too many piano restorers or refinishers simply spray a couple coats of lacquer on fine pianos, then claim the piano is “restored” or “refinished”—such a hasty effort devalues your fine piano.



    Restoration of a Customer's 1860's Square Grand Piano

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Restoration of a Customer's 1870's Steinway Square Grand Piano

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Restoration of a Vintage Steinway Grand

The old, flat soundboard had numerous cracks. Even if we shimmed and refinished this board, it would never have had sufficient power or tone. Unfortunately for the buyer, many dealers save useless soundboards like this one and resell the piano.


The original condition (left) and refinished harp (right)




Locating the bridge on the new soundboard. Care is taken to ensure that the location remains the same.


Marking the bridge location holes from the back of the board.


The new soundboard clamped into position. After a proper fit all along the board, we use lots of hide glue, lots of clamps and hardwood dowels to secure the board in place.


Lowering the refinished harp back into the piano.



Drilling the tuning pin holes in the new pin block. Note the modified drill press used for ensuring the correct angle tuning pin hole.


A brand new Steinway action is installed





The fully restored piano is ready to be shipped to the customer