Can I Paint My Piano?

upright piano with matching bench

Many times, when we see a painted piano, it is very poorly executed, often ruining the beautiful wood finish. I usually recommend against painting a piano unless it does not have any inherent value. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the previous owner of this piano did with painting and… Read more »

1892 Mason & Hamlin Screw Stringer

mason and hamlin upright piano with front removed

I recently found this beautiful antique upright piano that I’ve decided to take on as a personal rebuild project. This Mason & Hamlin upright was built in 1892. It is a relatively rare piano because of the way it is tuned. Modern pianos are typically built with steel tuning pins driven into laminated layers of… Read more »

What is a pitch raise or pitch correction?

When a piano has not been tuned is some time, usually 2 years or more, the piano will likely need something called a pitch raise or pitch correction before the final fine tuning. A pitch raise tuning is a rough “pre-tensioning” of the piano strings and “pre-pressurization” of the sounding board to create a more… Read more »