Piano & Organ Restoration

We acknowledge that the 1st and foremost use of a piano is to sound good. We can refer you to quality technicians to make your piano sound the best it can. Once the sound is taken care of, we will work with your sound technician to transfer your piano to the refinishing shop where we will restore it to its original flare, or help you select a finish that meets your taste and specifications.

The James Vanderlin Company has many years of experience restoring pianos. As the premier piano restorer in the area, Jim has restored the Steinway piano bodies at the Robert M. Sides Family Music Center for over 25 years, and he brings pianos back-to-life. Not only is Jim locally famed for his restoration projects, but clients send him pianos to be restored from as far away as Georgia.

Our fine craftwork results in pianos looking much better than when they were first constructed due to the combination of the superb quality of older cabinetry with the finer felts, strings, and leathers available today.

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Piano Finish Process

The James Vanderlin Co. uses the best lacquers for our piano finishes. We use the traditional nitro cellulose lacquers. Following are the steps we take to finish our pianos after they have been stripped of their old finish. Our stripping method is a flow-over system that is gentle to the wood and safe to our staff and the environment.

  • The piano cabinet and parts are repaired and sanded in preparation for the finishing process.
  • An NGR alcohol stain is applied for depth of color.
  • A wash coat is applied to seal in the NGR stain.
  • Paste wood fillers are used to fill the wood pores and to accent the wood grain.
  • A sanding sealer coat is applied to seal the paste wood filler. This will prep the surface to sand any rough wood fibers. This creates a level surface for the nitro cellulose lacquer.
  • Several applications of white water nitro cellulose lacquers are sprayed on with a sanding process between each lacquer application. These multi-layer applications of lacquer and sanding are necessary to create our one-of-a-kind piano finish.
  • The final process is the rub out which involves oil, an abrasive and a rubbing compound.
  • A satin to high gloss finish is created depending on the customer’s preference.