Grand Pedal Lyre Reconditioning ~ $475. +materials           

     Grand pianos pedal systems vary in what components are involved. Generally for a simple lyre, material cost are low. I bring the lyre to my workshop for repair/service/restoration. Price includes pick-up and re-installation.

*Sometimes the trap work (lever system that is connected to the lyre) can also be in need of repair or new cloth. Cost trap work service is determined on an individual basis.

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Sevices List & Project pricing



Part replacement in early stages of the project:

The photo above shows indented heel cloth on a grand action. As the cloth gets harder it translates into extra noise. For some pianos, I use a treatment that aids in restoring the felt to its original shape. 

Other Services Include:

  • Replace/Re-glue Keytops
  • Replace Key Bushings
  • Bridle Strap Replacement
  • Action Repining
  • Flange Replacement
  • Part Re-gluing
  • Cloth/Felt Replacement
  • Bridge repair
  • Restringing
  • Vertical Piano Regulation & Restoration

*Pianos that have old spills or compacted grit on the soundboard & bridges will still look better, but can not be thoroughly cleaned until the piano is ready to be re-strung or re-built. In the photo, some of those dark spots are due to caked on dirt (perhaps from a spill). In the photo, the dark spot near the decal is discoloration of the varnish. Both need to be scraped clean when the soundboard is refinished.

Climate Control Systems & Installation 

I am a certified installer of piano life saver systems. Together we will decide which system is right for your situation. Please email me for current prices.

Tuning Service —$105.

For pianos that are tuned regularly and have good structural integrity and are in a reasonably stable climate. I have been tuning pianos professionally for over 14 years. Aural tuning is preferable because your piano will be tuned both technically precise and musically. I tune for several music professionals in my service area and they can attest to my tuning prowess.  I use an electronic tuning fork to pitch your piano properly. I tune to equal temperament, and I will custom build the tuning to match your piano’s potential. In most circumstances I will tune to frequency A=440. 

Pitch Correction Service (in addition to fine tuning)—$20 to $75.

A piano that has not been tuned in a while, or that has been exposed to extreme climate change may be significantly flat or sharp in one or more area of the piano. This service is necessary to attain proper string tension and stability.  The price is contingent upon how far off your piano is from concert pitch and how much time it takes. For instance, if the center section of the piano needs to be tuned twice but the rest of the piano is pretty close, the additional fee will be $20 (it only takes up to a quarter of an hour extra). If sections of the piano are between 20-30 cents off, the additional fee will likely be $40 (half hour extra). If the piano is more than 50 cents flat, the additional fee will usually be $75.

Voicing—price in contingent upon individual circumstance and desired outcome.

Voicing is a process that improves the tone quality of your piano. With a well regulated piano, voicing involves working with the piano's hammer heads to improve the sustain and color of a piano's tone. The time involved and price will depend on what changes are desired. Voicing is a complex process and is assessed differently for each instrument that I approach. 

Key Cleaning

Key cleaning is included with a maintenance package. Light duty is for piano keys that can be wiped down without removing the key cover.  Heavy duty cleaning will get dirt that is not easily reached without removing the cabinetry. I use “Keybrite” by the cory care company. If you would like to purchase a bottle of “keybrite” and clean the keys yourself, I can have this product available if you tell me ahead of time. 

Vertical (Upright) Action Maintenance —$250 +add ons available

Gets rid of clicks, squeaks, and sluggish keys & dirt. I take out the action and service it in your home. Service includes: cleaning key bed (under keys) tightening screws, polishing key pins, getting rid of squeaks and creaks & pedal adjustments.  Add ons can include extra time for hammer filing/alignment, voicing, lost motion adjustment, key easing, and other small repairs or adjustments.

Spinet Action Maintenance —$325 +add ons available

Same as “Vertical Action Maintenance but it takes longer because of the design of the piano

*These services do NOT include tuning, hammer shaping or any cloth or hardware replacement. Any broken parts, loose center pins, old cloth or any other oddity will be assessed on a personal basis and charged separately. 

                     BEFORE (key-bed cleaning on a studio size piano) AFTER

Grand Action Maintenance —$400 +add ons available

IN HOME Service

     Eliminates sluggish keys, action clicking, and dirt. I take the action out and service it in your home. Service includes: dry brushing dirt from soundboard, bridges, plate, pin block area, and action cavity; vacuuming keyframe and key mortises; polishing key pins and capstans; treating heel cloth, lubricating knuckles, clean key tops and voicing.

     Add ons can include extra time for voicing, small regulation adjustments (for pianos that are already close) and other small repairs or adjustments.

     I use all appropriate lubricants on action cloth and hardware. No grease or gunk will gum up “the gears”! 

*This service does NOT include tuning or any cloth replacement. Any broken parts, loose center pins, old cloth or any other oddity will be assessed on a personal basis and charged separately. Fixing ringing dampers and work on the “back action/damper system” is not included in this service’s price.


     Includes the same but adds hammer shaping. It is best for the piano’s tone and longevity to invest in the hammer alignment service and a regulation/voicing project done after the hammers have been re-shaped. Those projects are determined on an individual basis, depending on the wear on your piano.


Grand Piano Soundboard Cleaning —$75-100 +


     I use a series of brushes, clothes and a vacuum to get as much of the surface dirt off of the pin block area as well as the soundboard, bridges and plate. I will also dry dust on the plate and dampers. This service is included with the Grand Action Maintenance package. 

Grand Piano Soundboard Cleaning with Action & Key-bed Cleaning* —$175+      

     In addition to what is described in “light cleaning”action is removed to access the dust bunnies that collect in the action cavity      

Grand Regulation/Reconditioning Project—$1400+

     What is Regulation?This project price range is for a piano that does not need any cloth or part replacement.  All pianos with be judged individually. I will provide an estimate/contract before work is performed.

Grand Action Restoration or Part Replacement & Regulation Project— 

     Price depends on your project's specifications.

     All pianos with be judged individually. I will provide an estimate/contract before work is performed.

Piano Service by Rose

Servicing Pianos in Northwestern VT since 2003