PROFESSIONAL PIANO REFINISHING
Over the past decades, the service provided by Bradfield’s knowledgeable and proven staff has earned the trust and endorsement of colleges and universities, Grammy award-winning artists, Van Cliburn competitors, Steinway Artists, and families across the United States for their excellence in piano service.
Bradfield Piano provides refinishing services for all piano makes and models. If you have an antique you’d like to see restored or just want your instrument to look its best, we can help.
Refinishing means completely stripping and refinishing of the entire piano, or parts of it. It results in a nearly factory-new appearance. You can choose from an open pore finish or a grain-free surface. The open pore finish allows the grain of the wood to show, and the closed pore finish fills in the grain, leaving a completely smooth surface. Open pore finishes are less expensive than closed pore since it requires less labor and materials.
PIANO REFINISHING VS. FULL RESTORATION
Piano restoration and repair focus primarily on the mechanics of the instrument — how it sounds and plays. Refinishing, on the other hand, deals with its outward appearance. A completely refinished piano will look new on the exterior. If you prefer, refinishing can also be a way of changing the look of your piano to something completely different. Generally refinishing a piano refers to painting a piano, or in other words restoring the finish of a piano.
At Bradfield Piano, we can perform piano refinishing on its own or as part of a more extensive restoration. After all, an instrument in peak condition should look as good as it plays.
THE REFINISHING PROCESS
We typically begin the piano cabinet refinishing process by stripping away the old finish. From there, we’ll make minor repairs to the veneer, including fixing small dents and gluing down any areas that have started to peel. Then, we sand down the repaired surface and stain it the color of your choice. The next step in the process includes spraying over 20 coats of lacquer to your piano. We spray more lacquer than any other major refinishing company to be sure that your piano is fully coated and not just superficially refinished.
A complete refinishing may also include buffing and polishing metal hardware and replacing any decals. If new parts are needed, we’ll take care to source them directly from the original manufacturer, if possible.
Imagine Your Piano Perfectly Refinished
The image above is a Steinway & Sons Art Case model B grand piano manufactured in Hamburg Germany in 1893. Artisans at Bradfield Piano completely restored this fine instrument in 2018. This incredible instrument was delicately veneered in Sapele Mahogany, and the gold ormolu is just one of the beautiful features of this limited edition Steinway that sets it apart.
A piano that’s well-maintained and in good working condition may require little more than a tune-up to sound its best. In these cases, opting for refinishing instead of a full restoration is a cost-effective way to get your instrument back to like-new condition.
If you have an antique piano or family heirloom you want to bring back to life, our advisors will perform a thorough inspection and recommend the best course of action. Then, we’ll provide a detailed estimate for restoration and an accurate timeframe for completion. We work with customers around the country and can turn around even big jobs quickly and at a fair price.
WHY BRADFIELD PIANO?
Refinishing a piano is a complex, involved process. You want to work with a partner that will take the time to explain everything that’s involved, answer your questions transparently and get the job done on time.
Bradfield Piano has the expert staff and dedicated customer service to take on any job. We stand behind our work with a complete satisfaction guarantee. Get in touch with us to request a quote today — both in-person and online consultations are available.