How Much Does Piano Refinishing Cost?
Refinishing a piano is the process of restoring the wood that makes up the body of the piano. If you have an older piano that is in need of a restoration, many experts today can bring that piano back to life, almost making it look like new again. The cost to restore a piano can vary depending on the expert doing the job, the type of piano, complexity of the job and geographical location.
How much is it?
- The piano restoration costs will greatly depend upon the color that is needed, the size of the piano, and texture and type of wood. The average cost to have a piano restored is going to cost anywhere from $1,500 to as much as $10,000.
- A smaller upright piano with a simple finish can cost $1,500 to $4,000, while a larger exotic piano can cost upwards of $7,000 to $10,000. Each piano is going to be unique so the costs are going to widely vary.
- The piano restoration service PrecisionPianoServices.com claims that their costs will vary depending on the color and texture of the piano. They state that the average cost for most repairs and restoration can be within the $3,500 to $5,000 range.
What are the extra costs?
- Moving the piano from your location to the warehouse of the piano restorer will be an additional fee. The cost to move a piano will greatly vary depending on the setup of your home, the size of the piano, and the distance it needs to be moved. See: “How much does piano moving cost?“
- If the professional spots any sort of damage that has to be repaired during the restoration process, additional parts may have to be ordered to fix the damage.
What is going to be included?
- Depending on the size of the piano and the work that has to be done, the average job can take anywhere from two to four months to complete.
- The procedure will consist of several different processes. During the first process, the piano will be completely disassembled and the finish will be stripped with a solvent. A grain filler paste will then be applied to the wood in order to smooth it out and get rid of the imperfections. Once the wood has been smoothed, a stain will be applied. The piano may require more than one coat of stain depending on the color. After the stain has been applied, it will be sealed with a finishing coat to protect it and to give it that finished look.
- After the piano has been completely restored, most professionals will give a complimentary tuning to ensure that the piano plays properly.
- During the restoration process, other jobs will be done such as cleaning keys, epoxying cracks, cleaning of the case, replacing pedal traps, and reactivating glue joints.
Tips to know:
- When choosing a company, try playing a piano that a company has restored in the past. Most professional companies will have one in their show rooms. Ask to see before pictures to see what kinds of jobs they have performed.
- Ask a restoration company how many pianos they restore in a given year. If the number is rather high, you may want to steer clear as they may believe more in making a profit rather than helping with a quality restoration job. If it is a very low number, it may be because the quality of their work is not up to par. Try to find a a company that falls somewhere in the middle.
How can I save money?
- Most of the time, moving and restoring an older piano is going to cost as much as or more than purchasing a new piano. Unless you have a rather rare model, a restoration should be done for sentimental purposes only.
- Be aware of lower prices. While your instinct tells you that you should go with the cheaper route to save money, you may get what you pay for. It is best to see results first and ask for the price tag second.