Dating chickering and son piano
The shop you bring it to might have a long waiting list. That way we can reassemble it as closely to that as possible.After the piano is completely disassembled—that means removal of the harp and strings, and everything—we put it in a drying room to get the moisture content of the wood down, so during restoration the wood is less likely to shrink and warp.So, it’s kind of a rule of thumb in the piano industry that with a brand name like Knabe or Chickering, if it’s pre-1932, it’s generally built and designed well. Often we have to hand-make every piece that we put in and that is extremely tedious.
You can buy a brand new Yamaha grand piano for ,000 or ,000.After that is finished, we put the harp and the strings back in.While that work is going on, in another section of the shop, they restore the action—the hammers and the keys, and all the mechanical apparatus.This should cost you about to , and it could save hundreds of dollars down the road.If a piano is an antique or has sentimental value, it may be worth investing in the restoration.