Brisbane-based technician, Paul Knight, is finishing off a Steinway & Sons Model B at our workshop in Newstead. The piano, from the early 1900s, has had a full restoration and the process has included genuine parts being used. “Fitting a new action into a piano of this age isn’t easy”, Paul says, “But with perseverance and some problem-solving, it is able to perform as well as the original”.
Paul uses techniques he has learned after several trips to Hamburg for study at the Steinway & Sons factory added with years of experience with different brands and sizes of pianos.
If a Steinway piano is restored at a lower cost estimate, any savings realised initially through use of cheaper, non-Steinway parts will be lost due to the diminished long-term value of the instrument. Pianos restored at Theme & Variations Piano Services, as the only authorised dealer for Steinway & Sons in Queensland and New South Wales come with the assurance that they have been worked on by technicians with years of perfecting tools and processes.
Other pianos that Paul has restored recently are the concert grands at University of Queensland, Cannon Hill Anglican College, Gold Coast Arts Centre and more. Like these, the Model B that is being finished this month had their frames and soundboards restored and new strings, dampers and various other important parts replaced.
The workshop is open to the public by appointment. Should you wish to have a tour or visit to see what else is happening in the workshop, and meet our technicians, please do not hesitate to contact us on (07) 3666 0650.