Services :: Rebuilding
Rebuilding is the next step above a reconditioning. The goal of any rebuilding is to return the instrument to it's original condition. Each rebuilding is customized to the requirement of the particular piano.
Rebuilding can generally involve,
- New pinblock
- New soundboard
- New tuning pins
- Restringing with custom made strings
- New Hammers, custom matched and bored
- New damper felts
- New action parts
- New springs
- New key bushings, and weighting if needed
- New bridges
- New felts, cloths, leathers
- Case/Cabinet and plate cleaned and refinished
Not all pianos would need such extensive work to be considered rebuilt. It would be an economical waist to replace a fine soundboard or solid pinblock. Thus the need for a thorough inspection of the instrument before the rebuilding project begins.
Since rebuilding is usually reserved for older high quality instruments or pianos with personal sentimental value, one might ask how much of the instrument can be replaced while still retaining the character of the older instrument; when does the old instrument simply become a modern instrument within an older case?
It is Parks & Sons' view that rebuilding can require the replacement of all parts - but does not mean a necessity to replace all parts. A rebuilding is the work that needs to be completed to make the instrument, as close to possible, as it came from the piano maker. So this means a perfectly good soundboard that has every reason to continue functioning would not only be a waist of time to replace, but would remove part of the character and individuality of the instrument for no good reason. We hold the same view for all the major parts that directly contribute to a piano's individual qualities - if there is no current reason to replace them, and no reason to suspect their need for replacement in the reasonable future (for example, the next 75 years) why waist the money and time (not to mention the original craftsmen's time and skills who helped to make such a quality item)?
Do all the action parts need replacement? There is a difficulty in giving a broad answer to this question. It would need to be based on the particular condition of the parts and the customer's overall desired budget for the rebuilding. Many successful rebuildings have been performed in which original action parts (which were in excellent condition) were retained.
This would not apply, of course, to items that are expected to commonly be replaced in pianos. Even if the strings are not brittle, in a piano being considered for rebuilding the tone and volume will surely be improved by replacement. Besides, individual strings are commonly replaced during an instrument's "life". While hammers, dampers, springs, etc. lend to the character of an instrument, there is no great loss in replacement with new duplicate items, and much is to be gained by their replacement.
It might be phrased that Parks & Sons' view of rebuilding is that of conservator, conserve as much of the old instrument's characteristics, while removing as much as possible of what time and wear has detracted from it.
With this said, we understand the final decisions lie with the customer. If the customer wishes all items to be replaced, then Parks & Sons will perform the work to our utmost skills.