Piano Restoration

Leaver & Son specialises in the restoration of all makes and models of upright and grand pianos for customers across Australia. All restorations are carried out with individual care by our highly-skilled craftsmen at our workshops in Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne.  Through our nationwide removalist network, we can transport pianos to our workshops at minimal cost.

We also stock a range of high quality restored pianos for sale. Please visit our Piano Sales page to see our range.

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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. Interstate and regional enquiries are welcome. We regularly provide our services interstate and can easily arrange transport of your piano to and from our workshops and store. To enquire about our restoration services, please call 0434 547 349.

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.

The Process

There is real art in restoring a piano to its former glory. Our team feels great satisfaction in returning the beauty and life to a treasured instrument. The restoration process can generally be divided into three main areas:

  1. The Cabinet: Cabinet restoration can range from a freshen up of the existing polish through to a complete strip back to bare wood and repolish, depending on its condition and the needs of the customer.
  2. The Keyboard: A keyboard is both a mechanical and aesthetic part of the piano. Restoration generally consists of checking, repairing and cleaning the mechanical components (eg keyboard bushings, pins, felts, etc) and the visual elements (eg replacing damaged keytops).
  3. The Interior Action: The ‘Action’ is the internal playing mechanism of a piano. There are approximately 2000 moving parts that make up an Action. During restoration, all of these parts are checked, repaired or replaced and fine-tuned (‘regulated’).