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Our CLASSIC COLLECTION is the crown jewel of our historic restoration shop. Pianos bearing this logo mean that extensive restoration, or complete rebuilding, has been performed on that particular instrument.

Restored Steinway B Louis XV

These special pianos are guaranteed as new with a ten-year full warranty -- in many cases, better than the original piano maker.

Where possible, all replacement parts are of original manufacture's specifications - or better. Piano "restoration" can involve stripping and refinishing the case; replacing the action with parts by the Renner Company of Germany (or replacement parts of piano maker's origin, if available;) restringing the entire piano, including using superior hand wound bass strings; replacing the original pin block - on grands only - to assure tuning stability; repair or replacement of the sounding board; replating and polishing the piano's original hardware; rebronzing the cast iron plate; and replacing or restoring elaborate decals.

At Classic Pianos we have a particular affection for the best American made pianos of the Golden Years that were produced between the late 19th and early 20th century - especially Mason & Hamlin and Steinway & Sons. Many believe that pianos of this era sound better and respond more artistically compared to current models.

These restored Classic Collection pianos are said to possess "a more beautiful, singing tone." Others describe these pianos as "a sound with more soul." No matter the critique, there is no argument that there is something magical about vintage collection restorations coming out of our shop - a combination of artisanship and seasoned materials that is sometimes lacking in today's woods, case design, hand detail, and general craftsmanship.

While Steinway & Sons still produces fine pianos today, we believe the quality of older restored Steinways is almost impossible to equal. Even after extensive restoration…having their souls revived with new strings, new Renner action (as found only in Hamburg Steinways,) rebronzed harps, and other restorative work to bring new life and energy to sound and touch...our Classic Collection Steinway pianos can still cost considerably less than new versions.


 

Restored Mason & Hamlin piano

 

Restored Steinway upright with custon front board