How Much To Repair Piano Soundboard

How much does it cost to replace a soundboard on a grand piano?

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Is my old piano worth fixing?

In many cases, a new(er) piano will play better than the antique piano will, even when rebuilt. Ultimately, the answer for whether to rebuild or replace an antique or a family heirloom piano depends on the severity of the rebuilding needed and the emotional attachment of the owner.

How much does it cost to repair an old piano?

These services can run anywhere between $750 and $3500 depending on the extent of the work. In other cases such as basic interior rebuilding which includes, restringing, damper work, hammer replacement, regulation, tuning and voicing, the prices can range between $3500 and $9500.

How long does a piano soundboard last?

Pianos have a limited lifetime, usually measured in decades. However, different parts have different lifetimes: for example, on a heavily used but well-cared-for instrument (e.g. in a concert hall), the hammers might last less than five years while the soundboard might last fifty years and more.

Can you change the soundboard on a piano?

Many cracked soundboards can be easily repaired, but unless there are other problems with the board, these repairs are usually cosmetic. Occasionally the soundboard will have to be replaced because of lack of crown, the upward curvature of the soundboard.

What metal is a piano soundboard made of?

Piano strings are made of steel. In contrast, the soundboard that translates their energy into a rich, resonant sound is made of wood.

Can a piano be tuned after 20 years?

A new piano, or a piano 10, 15 or 20 years old that has never been serviced needs tuning three or four times before stabilizing. The only exception is when a new piano has been sitting on the showroom floor for several months and has gone through several in-house, or showroom tunings before purchased.

Can a piano be tuned after 50 years?

A piano can be reconditioned. A piano can be restored. Both of these involve a great deal of expense and new parts. Unfortunately, the common scenario with a piano that I see most often is that it was purchased, then tuned maybe once or twice over the course of several decades and that’s about it.

How much does it cost to service a piano?

It’s part of the cost of ownership. The average price to tune a piano ranges from $65 to $225, and the cost can increase by several hundred dollars if the piano requires multiple tuning sessions or repairs. Piano tuning is a skill that only experienced professionals should do.

What makes a piano Untunable?

Humidity and wear are the two main causes, but sometimes little critters are the culprits. Soundboard cracks and rib separations can sometimes be ignored, but when many different things are wrong with the piano, then it is time to stop ignoring this issue.