Our Piano Services
Once the gold painted, cast iron plate and pin-block have been reinstalled into the piano, pre-stringing can begin.
Pre-stringing is the process of bolting the plate to the case and pin-block. If the original relationships within the numerous contact points are not reproduced within 1/10,000th of an inch the plate will crack under tension. [NOTE: Once tuned and up to pitch (A-440) a piano has 250 pounds of tension on each of nearly 250 strings for a combined tension of over 20 tons of downward pressure!]
Allocate plates or nuts are now glued into position followed by inserting 240+ tuning pin bushings. Each section receives its own special scarlet felt and hitch pin punchings. Finally the plate and soundboard are protected with cloth, whole sections of newspaper and cardboard.
Stringing is a painstakingly laborious process taking several days to complete. Each of the 245 strings are measured and cut to length.
All strings are carefully installed by hand avoiding any twists, bends and false-beats. Our restorations always include nickel plated tuning pins which resist rust and last well over a quarter century.