Authentic Steinway restoration and rebuilding
Steinway has represented extreme excellence in the world of the piano for 165 years. These iconic instruments are built to a unique design, with unique methodology, and unless a Steinway is restored or rebuilt with the precise techniques and genuine materials used by Steinway themselves, the result is not an authentic Steinway.
Ian Burgess-Simpson has developed the capacity to restore and rebuild Steinways at this level over a period of 25 years and has built a company with the specialist expertise and infrastructure to produce a result that ranks internationally with that of Steinway themselves.
Our rebuild technicians have attended Advanced Training at Steinway in Hamburg. Ian himself has had both Steinway Factory Training and attended the prestigious Steinway Academy for Concert Technicians, where he received one-on-one training from Georges Ammann, Steinway’s Chief Concert Technician for Europe and Asia.
This blend of up to date knowledge of new Steinway production with decades of restoration of classic Steinways – the oldest Steinways we have restored date back to 1875 – makes us uniquely capable of bringing any Steinway piano up to its absolute optimum condition as a musical instrument, and value as an investment.
The Steinway methodology is far more than a process-it is a unique way of understanding and approaching the fundamentals of great piano touch and tone.
To date we have rebuilt more than 91 Steinway pianos, comprising 77 grands of which 22 are Model D full concert grands. Every one of these pianos has been personally finished by Ian.
Our Steinways – Tone and Touch
These are the tone and touch criteria we meet in our Steinway rebuilding and restoration:
Proper balance between the bass, middle and treble registers
A treble that sings, allowing a distinct and lyrical melodic lin
A rich tenor register with texture, colour and lots of body to underpin harmony
Power and excitement in the bass, with plenty of “bite” when required
Controllability at all dynamic levels, but especially in extremely soft playing
Clarity, focus, warmth
Impeccably adjusted mechanism with fine tolerances allowing for maximum control for the pianist
Even resistance, superb repetition, and fast key return spee
Impeccable damping and precision pedalling capacity
Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos also rebuild upright pianos and grand pianos of any make. This may involve any combination of mechanical rebuilding, restringing and/or re-polishing the cabinet. Our total rebuild count to date stands at 135 pianos (and counting) over 21 years.
Pianos are sent to us from all over the country for rebuilding work and we provide an extensive warranty on all of our rebuilds.
The galleries below include just some of the pianos we have rebuilt over the years, taken at different stages of the rebuild process.
Action & keyboard work in progress, gallery:
Fitting new hammers, building in actions, keyboard prep & leading, fitting dampers, regulation & voicing
Cleaning up the keyboard, rebushing keypin holes, fitting new backchecks
Re-leading keys for weigh off
Steinway upright hammer fitting in progress
Cabinet re-finishing in progress, gallery:
Prepping, priming, building coats, buffing and fit up.
Frame refinishing, gallery:
Priming, gold top coats, lettering & re-fitting.
De-stringing, felt prep work, re-stringing.
Some of our complete rebuilds:
Re-finished, rebuilt, voiced by Ian.