Services :: Reconditioning
Eventually after years of use and the effects of seasonal environment changes, a piano will need a general "going over".
A reconditioning is performed to restore the piano's mechanisms to as close as possible to original condition and the piano maker's specification without venturing into a more costly piano rebuilding.
While repair instead of replace is the key difference between a rebuilding and a reconditioning, many items are replaced. These usually are all the worn felt and cloths, weak springs, hard leathers, worn key bushings, worn pedal cloths, felts, and leathers. Broken parts that can not be repair, or are not economical to repair, are replaced. Hammers are resurfaced to restore the piano's tone and volume.
A Parks & Sons usually includes work that other shops would consider part of a rebuilding, yet at a more affordable cost than other shops would charge for their simpler reconditioning.
Since each piano has different needs, each reconditioning needs be tailored to that particular piano. In this way a customer is not paying for unneeded work. It is important then, that the piano be inspected before a reconditioning is performed.
Parks & Sons always performs a thorough inspection before accepting a reconditioning job. Please see our Prices & Discounts for an inspection fee (note that Parks & Sons credits half the inspection fee back to the customer's reconditioning costs when the work is completed). Once the inspection is completed the customer will receive a written report about their piano, it's current condition, it's estimated value on the market, the work it would receive with costs, and the estimated value of the piano on the market if the work was done. This report allows the customer to make the informed decision whether or not such a reconditioning is in their best interest. There is no obligation to have the work done.
Since a reconditioning can greatly enhance the value of the instrument, your Parks & Sons reconditioning work schedule and warrantee should be safely kept in your records. Not only does Parks & Sons stand behind our work but the papers prove the instrument has received a recondition recently and should command a higher price on the open market. In fact, if the instrument is sold while under warranty, Parks & Sons may transfer the coverage to the new owner (be sure to ask what requirements must be met for warrantee transfer).