Resurfacing (slightly more economical)
Restoring ivory or plastic tops brings back a smooth, low luster beauty to a delicate product. By successively removing light layers of surface, it's a great way to sprucing up your tops.
Resurface 52 Natural Ivories or Acrylic: $500 + tax
Refinish 36 Ebonies: $329 + tax
Modern pianos use acrylic plastic tops as they're durable and since the ban on ivory trade occurred in the United States in the 1970s. Keytops should be replaced if the old ivory or plastics are chipped, deeply stained, or too discolored to be resurfaced.
Price Per-Piece: $45 + tax acrylic plastic / $55 + tax synthetic ivory
Complete Set Replacement: $589 + tax. Includes removal of old, keystick prepping, and custom-fitting new tops to original keys.
Synthetic Ivory UPGRADE: $689 + tax
What are key bushings?
Bushings (photo left)
Each of the 88 wooden keys have 2 mortised holes; one in the front and one in the center. These holes have felt bushings glued to each wall which help guide a small steel pin which, in turn, guides the keys snuggly during performance.
Worn bushings will cause keys to feel wobbly and loose. This will make playing the piano at any dynamic feel less controlled.
Other repairs with 88 On Pitch