#1. Is the Piano Structurally Sound?
Ensuring the structural integrity of the piano is essential to a successful and worthwhile Restoration. The entire piano is built around several structures which are either very difficult to repair or impossible to effectively restore. Before considering Restoration We always inspect these areas of the piano which include the Frame, Soundboard, Pinblock, Bridges and Back Posts (Structural Beams).
#2. Does this piano have any Sentimental Value?
From a Piano Technicians point of view we need to consider the value this piano currently has in the eye of the beholder before evaluating the genuine worth of the piano to the general public. When there is a sentimental or emotional attachment to the instrument then the cost of any Restorations or Repairs may be viewed as insignificant.
#3. Cost of restorations Vs. Pianos Market Value?
The finical commitment involved in any Piano Restoration must be weighed up with other options such as selling the piano to invest in a piano upgrade or a piano already restored. Here’s a simple equation we use as a rule-of-thumb to help bring clarity. The estimated Market Value of the Piano after it’s Restored must be Equal or Greater than (The current Market Value + Cost of Restorations).
#4. Will a restored Piano be suitable for the individual playing it?
Finally it’s important to consider who will be playing the piano and what level of technicality will it need to support. Although a beautifully restored piano may look & sound great, not every piano is designed to be used at a professional level or for heavy usage.