Restoration of historic pianos
We specialize in the restoration of historical French instruments: Pleyel, Erard and Gaveau.
This work is done exclusively with original parts or made on the period model of the piano (strings, pins, fittings…).
Our team has all the skills needed to restore your piano to its original shine, both acoustically and aesthetically (soundboard shimming, gilding of the frame, whitening and polishing of the ivories, etc.).
For this, we use ancient techniques and reproduce the gestures of our master craftsmen.
Examples of restoration
Erard Concert Piano from 1875
Complete restoration of an Erard concert piano from 1875.
This piano is now available for hire and highly appreciated by pianists wishing to interpret contemporaries of the piano such as Camille Saint Saëns, Gabriel Fauré, Johannes Brahms, César Franck, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, etc.
This historic Erard is also appreciated on film sets. You can see and hear it in the film Eiffel by Martin Bourboulon with Romain Duris and Emma Mackey.
Ignace Pleyel square piano from 1834
Complete restoration (in progress) of an Ignace Pleyel square piano from 1834 for Belgian musicians.
Many missing or broken parts were made respecting the materials of the time (beech, spruce) in our workshop so that this piano regains its original shine and sound.
We are able to restore pneumatic systems in our workshop.
Pneumatic pianos are instruments that play by themselves via a roll of perforated paper. Most date from 1880 to 1930.
Lots of patience and skill
These instruments are disappearing due to lack of use or maintenance. Through experience, we are now able to restore these very specific systems (Duo art, Heolian, Pleyela, etc.) in our workshop. This specialty requires a lot of hours of work and research on each pneumatic piano.
The restoration can be basic with the relining of all the bellows, exchange boxes, piping, … or a simple adjustment if the materials have not become too dry.
In-depth expertise is necessary for each of these restorations because these instruments are rare.