Leaver & Son specialises in the restoration of all makes and models of European, American and Australian upright and grand pianos. We are one of the last surviving piano restoration businesses that offers both interior and exterior piano restoration packages, making us a unique, one-stop shop for all of your piano restoration requirements.
We use traditional methods of restoration to retain the authenticity of your piano and work closely with you to meet your desired outcome within budget.
If you are thinking of restoring a piano you currently own, please feel free to contact us for a free no obligation quote. Regional enquiries are welcome, as we can easily arrange transport of your piano to our workshop at minimal cost.
Which pianos are worthy of restoration and why should you consider a classic, restored, hand-made piano over a modern, new factory-made piano? The golden era of pianos is widely thought of as between 1905 and 1940. By 1905 the piano industry was the largest industry in the world with over 5000 manufacturers spread mainly across Europe and the United States. By 1940, the world’s top piano manufacturers, Steinway, Bosendorfer, Bluthner and Bechstein, had perfected the art of piano design and construction.
The fundamental mechanics and structural design of a piano have remained largely unchanged since the early 1900s and a handful of modern, top quality piano manufacturers still use traditional design and manufacturing techniques. However, the modern piano tends to be factory-built for consumer markets and not built with the same degree of care and craftsmanship. With this in mind, a high-quality piano from between 1905 and 1940 is often an excellent choice. In most cases, it will be far superior in both tone and touch as well as aesthetic appeal.
Experience & Expertise
Leaver & Son has been restoring pianos under the expert direction of Joe Leaver for more than 20 years. Joe’s formal qualifications include a 4-year apprenticeship in Piano Tuning, Repairs and Restoration and a Piano Tuner & Technician Certificate. He has worked within the piano industry since leaving school, amassing a wealth of technical knowledge and practical experience and has been invited to comment as an expert in his field by media on numerous occasions.
Piano restoration can generally be divided into three distinct areas:
- Exterior aesthetic restoration: Exterior restoration often involves stripping or sanding back the original finish and then refinishing the piano, as well as removal and polishing of all brass work and hardware.
- Interior mechanical restoration: Mechanical restoration often involves rebuilding the piano’s mechanical components and moving parts, such as the piano action, keyboard and pedal mechanisms.
- Structural restoration: Structural restoration often involves repair of the frame and/or soundboard, and restringing the piano in some cases.
My 1940s baby grand arrived from overseas in terrible condition. The advice, knowledge and service I received from the guys at Leaver’s was second to none, and I am now the proud owner of a sympathetically and beautifully restored piano. Could not be happier.