Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/I want to fix it!


I have an old 1912-20's Mozart Piano.  I know it may cost a bit to fix it, but it is such an old beautiful piano and I really want to learn how to play on a real acoustic piano.
I can tell you it has some real dead keys and some that are really sluggish.  I would also be interested in finding some scrolls as it is a player piano as well.  
What is the best and worst case scenario?

Hi Shannon:

Worst case scenario:

1. You need a complete restoration of the acoustic portion of the piano...tens of thousands of dollars.

2. You need a complete restoration of the player mechanism: 5-10K.

You should have this looked at by a registered member of the piano technicians guild.

Go to http://www.ptg.org

There you can locate a technician. Interview several. You are looking for a Registered technician who does player restoration to evaluate the status of the system.

You also need someone who can restore piano...also registered.

In most cases, the person who does players does not do the acoustics. They are both rather specific areas.

Do nothing until you share the results of the evaluation (s) with me.

Best Case scenario, the player is in good shape and you need a few hundred dollars of on site serive.

The best case scenario is unlikely.

Keep me in the loop!

Scrolls are probably the least of your problems. Go to the AMICA web site. That's the Automatic Instrument Collectors Association. There you may get the player help you need.

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I am a Registered/tested member of the Piano Technicians Guild (RPT) with 49 years of experience in all phases and levels of the acoustic piano. I will answer any questions regarding acoustic pianos only. All questions and answers are to remain public. Please to not include sensitive material! If they are marked private, I will change them to public. My answers may be of assistance to others. If privacy is an issue, please contact me through my web site: http://www.onestipiano.com Electronic keyboards, organs, and player/reproducing piano mechanisms are outside of my expertise. Anything to do with: Construction, Service, Tuning, Climate Control Systems, Piano Disc, Purchasing, Selling, Insurance Appraisal, Rebuilding, Repairs, Legal issues, Maintenance, Environmental issues, Finish issues with acoustic pianos. My full resume can be found at: http://onestipiano.com/pages/history.html You can like us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/onestipianoservice


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