Specialists in the Restoration of all types of PLAYER PIANOS and PIANOLAS, and AMPICO, DUO-ART and other makes of Reproducing Piano. We pride ourselves in giving a friendly personal service to our Customers, both old and new. Wherever possible, we use traditional methods and materials – some of our restoration materials are specially-made for us.
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Member of the INSTITUTE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TECHNOLOGY.
Established in 1984, we are situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Rye in East Sussex. Our workshop facilities and unrivalled experience mean that we can offer a comprehensive service to the pianola owner or prospective purchaser. The Proprietor, Michael Boyd, has been restoring pianolas and related instruments as his full-time occupation for over thirty-six years – it is not a hobby or a part-time job!
If you would like us to visit you, either to service your pianola or give advice, we are very happy to do so. We have Customers in all parts of the UK, as well as France, Eire, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Morocco, Sweden, Singapore, Australia, Canada and the USA. Distance is no object.
Piano Tuners please note: For many years we have advised and assisted Tuners who encounter player pianos in their area. Please do not hesitate to avail yourself of this service. If required, we can visit and remove parts of the player action to enable you to gain access to the piano action, re-fitting it afterwards.
We are equipped to deal with any instrument ranging from a standard player piano to the sophisticated reproducing systems including Duo-Art, Ampico and Welte-Mignon.
Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm and Saturday 8:45am to 12:30am. Please contact us either by telephone or e-mail prior to visiting, particularly if a special journey is intended.
TUBING, BELLOWS CLOTH, LEATHER, ETC: We keep stocks of all necessary repair and restoration materials which are available for you to purchase if you wish to carry out work yourself. Please see our RESTORATION MATERIALS page, and do not hesitate to contact us for help and advice. Our NEW C1 thin pneumatic cloth for small bellows is now in stock, natural rubber coating on cotton cloth, it has been specially-made for us. We accept payment by PayPal or Bank transfer, as well as by Cheque, in either Sterling or Euros. We do not charge for packaging, only Postage/carriage at cost.
Customers in the USA please note: Our NEW C1 pneumatic cloth for small bellows is also now available from PLAYER-CARE (John Tuttle), visit: www.player-care.com
Customers in Continental Europe.
We are pleased to offer our services to customers in Continental Europe (particularly in France where we have a workshop near Carcassonne).
As the majority of player pianos are now at least eighty years old, those that have not yet been restored are invariably in need of attention. We offer a complete refurbishment service, to include both the pneumatic player system and the normal piano components. Refinishing of casework, using new and traditional methods, can also be undertaken. See our Restoration page for further information.
Restoration of Individual Parts of the Instrument: If, for example, the Air-motor or Sustain pneumatic in your instrument is faulty and needs attention, you can remove it and send it to our Workshop to be restored (We will advise you regarding the removal and replacement, if necessary).
We are fortunate to be located near to an established and experienced piano moving company, who have been moving player pianos for our customers and us for over twenty years. We can arrange careful transport of your instrument at a very favourable price.
Maintenance and Repairs
To keep your restored player piano in fine playing condition, regular maintenance is essential. The same is true of tuning, which should be carried out at least every six months, as with any ordinary piano. In the case of unrestored instruments, basic repairs are frequently required to keep things playing. We can visit and carry out certain work in your home – however, it is usually necessary for the instrument to come to our workshop if extensive work is needed. If you have identified a problem with your instrument and require a component of your player action to be restored, you can send it to us for attention in the workshop. Please Note: As previously mentioned, all parts of the UK and Europe (and further afield) are covered – distance is no object.
We always have a good selection of rolls for sale, far too many to list here, including Duo-Art and Ampico. See our Music Rolls page, where a small selection of our stock is shown.
You are welcome to visit us by appointment to browse through our stock of music-rolls.
Instruments Bought and Sold
If you are interested in buying a player piano of any description, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your requirements. We can sell your player piano on commission if you wish. See our For Sale page.