I undertake all action and keys work from minor repairs to full overhauls. After being in the trade for over forty five years I have plenty of experience to draw upon. I have now scaled down my operations and therefore don’t offer full restringing on grands although it is sometimes possible to carry out this work in situ. Previous reconditioning prior to my “downsize” included a Steinway Model K upright, a Bechstein Model V grand, and two identical Bluthner grands both with the unique and much loved patent Bluthner actions.
A typical full action and keyboard overhaul of an upright piano would cost in the region of £1500 – £1750 but could vary considerably depending on whether, for example, the hammers were going to be replaced or recovered or if there was extensive moth damage to the felts in the action or key frame. Prices for overhauling grand piano actions is usually more in the region of £2250 – £2500, again depending on how much work is needed.
To restring an upright piano, depending on type and size, would be in the region of £1750 and from £2750 for a grand.
I don’t offer a full re-polishing service anymore but for older pianos with a French Polished finish I can strip, stain and hand wax pianos which vastly improves their appearance. All polishing work includes buffing and lacquering brasswork. Prices start from around £850.
Sometimes it would not be worth considering spending a lot of money on a piano depending on the age and quality of the instrument. Investing in a new or good previously owned one could be a wiser option. I can give you the necessary advice to enable you to make a sensible decision.