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Piano Tuning

Rob Gardener
304 Tearose Lane
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003


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Antique Upright Pianos



"They don't build 'em like they used to!", certainly holds true regarding the big upright pianos built between the 1880's and 1940.

Ranging from 4 feet to 4' 10" tall, these pianos will take up only a bit more floor space than a smaller spinet or console size piano but will generally have a much better tone (particularly in the bass) due to the larger soundboard and longer string length. They got the name "Upright Grand" and "Cabinet Grand" due to the fact that their string length and soundboard were equivalent in size to that of a 5' 3" Baby Grand piano.


Mechanically, these pianos are almost identical to instruments manufactured today, as the piano has not really been changed much in the last 120 years or so. Replacement parts, strings, hammers, etc. are still available from suppliers.

Most of my Antique Pianos (pre 1940) have required additional work (100 to 300 hours!) which includes:

  • Complete action (mechanical) rebuilding
  • New leathers, new felts, springs, and straps
  • New keytops if needed
  • Ivory keytops - Chipped or broken Ivory is replaced with matching used Ivory
  • Keyboard completely repadded with new felts and adjusted
  • New dampers if needed
  • New bass strings or treble strings when needed
  • Veneer and cabinet repair
  • Refinished (where noted)
  • Pedals are polished and rebuilt
  • Tuning - tuned to A-440 unless otherwise noted.
Victorian styling, Beautiful Exotic Woods, hand-carved panels and ornate legs...
Old pianos have all the characteristics that Antique collectors love and cherish for their uniqueness and charm. They will easily become the focal point of any room in your home and will continue to provide many generations of Musical enjoyment if properly cared for, thus preserving the "Golden Age of Piano Building" as a unique piece of "Americana."

We can arrange the piano delivery for you locally by licensed and insured piano movers

Rob Gardener is also a member of the Piano Technician Guild

A National Organization