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Piano Restoration Checklists for Consumers

Please feel free to print these out and bring them with you to the dealer from whom you have chosen to purchase a used piano.  If they have "regulated" the piano, they should have no problem signing off on these lists.  They should serve as protection for you in the event there are any problems with the piano.

1. Vertical Piano Restoration Checklist

2. Grand Piano Restoration Checklist


Vertical Piano Restoration Checklist

  • 1. Check Pinblock Torque

  • 2. Bridge Repairs

  • 3. Soundboard Rib Repairs

  • 4. Clean Piano and Action

  • 5. First Tuning

  • 6. Make Necessary Repairs

  • 7. Check Bass String Tone

  • 8. Replace Missing Strings

  • 9. Key Bushings Eased or Replaced

  • 10. Polish (or Replace) White Keytops

  • 11. Replace Rubber Grommets

  • 12. Replace Plastic Elbows

  • 13. Tighten Action Screws

  • 14. Tighten Cabinet Screws

  • 15. Reshape Hammers

  • 16. Polish Capstans and Rail Pins

  • 17. Lubricate Action and Trapwork

  • 18. Space Hammers to Strings

  • 19. Space Dampers to Strings

  • 20. Space and Square Backchecks

  • 21. Space and Square Keys

  • 22. Regulate Hammer Blow Distance

  • 23. Regulate Lost Motion

  • 24. Level Keys

  • 25. Regulate Letoff

  • 26. Regulate Keydip

  • 27. Regulate Hammer Checking

  • 28. Regulate Dampers

  • 29. Regulate Sustain Pedal

  • 30. Regulate Damper Spoons

  • 31. Regulate Soft Pedal

  • 32. Regulate Middle Pedal

  • 33. Regulate Bridal Straps

  • 34. Voicing

  • 35. Cabinet and Bench Restoration

  • 36. Hardware and Pedal Polishing

Grand Piano Restoration Checklist

  • 1. Check Pinblock Torque

  • 2. Bridge Repairs

  • 3. Soundboard Rib Repairs

  • 4. Clean Piano and Action

  • 5. First Tuning

  • 6. Make Necessary Repairs

  • 7. Check Bass String Tone

  • 8. Replace Missing Strings

  • 9. Key Bushings Eased or Replaced

  • 10. Polish (or Replace) White Keytops

  • 11. Tighten Action Screws

  • 12. Tighten Cabinet Screws

  • 13. Reshape Hammers

  • 14. Polish Capstans and Rail Pins

  • 15. Lubricate Action and Trapwork

  • 16. Bed Keyframe

  • 17. Space Hammers to Strings

  • 18. Square and Space Keys

  • 19. Travel Hammers

  • 20. Level Keys

  • 21. Regulate Keydip

  • 22. Regulate Una Corda Pedal

  • 23. Space Whippens to Hammers

  • 24. Regulate Jacks to Knuckles

  • 25. Regulate Repetition Lever Height

  • 26. Regulate Hammer Line

  • 27. Regulate Hammer Rail

  • 28. Regulate Letoff

  • 29. Regulate Hammer Drop

  • 30. Regulate Hammer Checking

  • 31. Regulate Repetition Spring Tension

  • 32. Regulate Key Strip

  • 33. Regulate Dampers

  • 34. Regulate Sustain Pedal

  • 35. Regulate Sostenuto Pedal

  • 36. Adjust Strike Point

  • 37. Level Strings and Check Terminations

  • 38. Voicing

  • 39. Cabinet and Bench Restoration

  • 40. Hardware and Pedal Polishing