- by Jason D. McDevitt -


Piano Rebuilding/Refinishing

There is a very simple question we start with when assessing a potential Piano Rebuild; is your piano really worth rebuilding? This is the first question that we start with, while we understand sentimental value on all instruments we want to make sure that the piano is worth investing the money to get it rebuilt or refinished. A quality built piano can sound just as good, if not better then a brand new piano. The top brand pianos that are usually rebuilt are Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Yamaha, Knabe and Baldwin are typical models that are widely rebuilt. If rebuilt properly these pianos can prove to be a much better investment then a brand new piano. We have to face the facts that not every piano is worth rebuilding, we have a very strict piano rebuilding criteria to ensure a solid investment for both playing and value.

Important parts of the piano building process include the Strings, the Action and the Finish.  The “Strings” include the bridge, soundboard and plate work. The “Action” is a series of movements that need to be adjusted properly; also the felt and wood need to be monitored to watch for decay and playing wear. The “Finish” is the outside coating of varnish/shellac that is used to protect the exterior of a piano. This can fade and wear overtime.

Rebuilding Estimate- $100


Piano Tuning

Piano Tuning put in everyday terms is like getting a yearly oil change on your vehicle. A piano tuning is done to prevent further damage to your piano in the future and to maintain a standard of interaction between vibrating notes. Piano Tuning is making minor adjustments to the tension of the strings on a piano to insure proper intervals between their notes so that the piano will play in tune. Every piano is slightly different requiring a unique assessment of sound and playability. Pianos are tuned to A440, the note A above middle C, and are tuned to a version of that system known as equal temperament. Keeping your piano properly tuned can save you money throughout your ownership of your piano and also make playing your piano more enjoyable.

Piano Tuning- $120

Jason d. McDevitt

About Jason D. McDevitt

Jason graduated from the North Bennet Street School Piano Technology program in Boston, Massachusetts. The NBSS Piano Tuning and Re-building programs are regarded throughout the industry as the leading piano school. In 2005 Jason attended the first year piano program, learning to tune, regulate and repair the actions of both upright and grand pianos. In 2006 he was accepted into the second year program where the focus was on completely dismantle, rebuild and restore grand pianos. Repairs include: pin block replacement, veneer repairs, refinishing, and soundboard repairs/replacement, bridge capping, rescaling, action renovation and replacement. In 2005 Jason joined the Piano Technicians Guild and has been a member ever since.  The training Jason received from the NBSS Piano Technology program provides graduates with the technical skills and knowledge to begin working upon graduation.

Jason moved back to Reading to work full-time upon graduating from the North Bennet Street School Piano Technology programs. He tunes and re-builds pianos locally in the Reading and surrounding areas. He is in contract with several schools in the Berks County area where he maintains and tunes their pianos. He now works out of his private workshop where he is currently rebuilding a 1951 Steinway & Sons Model S Baby Grand Piano.

For Information and Pricing

Call 610.779.0665 or email fegleyviolin@gmail.com

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