Every player instrument restoration is a time and labor intensive effort.
Player instruments are complex, and no two instruments are exactly alike.
Almost every manufacturer designed their own mechanism, and those designs sometimes
had significant differences between models and styles. Further variations and complexities
are created by the amount of use the instrument had, storage conditions,
previously attempted repairs, exposure to the elements, or pests.
These instruments average nearly 100 years of age, and that alone often has had a
degrading effect on the quality and restorability of these incredible instruments.
All of these factors contribute to the effort needed to restore them to a like-new
A great percentage of player pianos worked on by others have been
compromised by lack of knowledge and/or the use of "modern” materials
and glues, which are often "experimental" and may have a short life span.
For example, modern wood glues are stronger than wood, and the parts
joined with them are permanently bonded. Attempts to disassemble them
require significant re-manufacture of parts due to breakage during dis-assembly.
Contrast that with the original cabinet glue, which was no stronger than wood and
A tremendous amount of care must be taken to use glue, leather, rubberized fabrics and tubing
that match the original materials as closely as possible to those used to
build the instruments. Pedals Pumpers & Rolls has always chosen to
use these original types of materials because they ensure a service life
of up to 50 years, the same as when the pianos left the factory, and can be
further repaired as necessary.
The average piano has approximately 8,000 moving parts. A player instrument
adds up to another 4,000 moving parts, which must all be disassembled, cleaned,
repaired and reassembled if the result is to be a long lived player instrument.
The PP&R restoration team, led by Roger Dayton, consists of associated artisans who apply their craftsmanship to each instrument to bring it back
to like new beauty and long term reliability and service.
A general restoration cost structure is as follows. The restoration costs can vary depending on the state, and brand of the original instrument. A more detailed and accurate estimate can be provided apon a thorough in-person evaluation of the instrument. These prices do not include shipping.
If you are interested in having your player piano restored, reach out to Roger and the Pedals Pumpers and Rolls team. Roger and team will work closely with you to put together a custom restoration road map for your piano that will deliver to you a fantastic instrument that will give you years of enjoyment.
Please note that we will happily provide excellent restorations to conventional,
non player instruments as well.
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