Leaver & Son specialises in the restoration of all makes and models of European, American and Australian upright and grand pianos. We are one of the last surviving piano restoration businesses that offers both interior and exterior piano restoration packages, making us a unique, one-stop shop for all of your piano restoration requirements.
Leaver & Son employs the perfect blend of modern machinery and tools combined with traditional restoration techniques to ensure we retain the authenticity of your piano following restoration.
We work closely with our customers to meet your desired outcome and within budget. Our piano restoration workshop is an open door and we encourage our customers to pay us a visit to see the progress of their restoration as it takes shape.
We restore pianos for customers across Australia, from Perth to Darwin, Hobart to Brisbane, and everywhere in between! We can easily arrange transport of your piano at minimal expense to either of our workshops located in Adelaide (Joe Leaver) or Hobart (Matthew Leaver).
Leaver & Son quotes via an hourly rate and can itemise each component of a piano restoration. We are flexible with our restoration packages and work hard to design a package to suit each specific customer’s requirements.
Which pianos are worthy of restoration and why should you consider a classic, restored, hand-made piano over a modern, new factory-made piano? The golden era of pianos is widely thought of as between 1905 and 1940. By 1905 the piano industry was the largest industry in the world with over 5000 manufacturers spread mainly across Europe and the United States. By 1940, the world’s top piano manufacturers, Steinway, Bosendorfer, Bluthner and Bechstein, had perfected the art of piano design and construction.
The fundamental mechanics and structural design of a piano have remained largely unchanged since the early 1900s and a handful of modern, top quality piano manufacturers still use traditional design and manufacturing techniques. However, the modern piano tends to be factory-built for consumer markets and not built with the same degree of care and craftsmanship. With this in mind, a high-quality piano from between 1905 and 1940 is often an excellent choice. In most cases, it will be far superior in both tone and touch as well as aesthetic appeal.
Experience & Expertise
Leaver & Son has been restoring pianos and furniture under the expert direction of Joe Leaver for more than 20 years.
Joe’s formal qualifications include a 4-year apprenticeship in Piano Tuning, Repairs and Restoration and a Piano Tuner & Technician Certificate. He has worked within the piano industry since leaving school, amassing a wealth of technical knowledge and practical experience and has been invited to comment as an expert in his field by media on numerous occasions.
Restoring and repurposing old and classic pianos are also a more sustainable way of purchasing the instruments. New pianos are made in overseas factories before being shipped to Australia. When we restore a piano, we work with traditional materials, using traditional methods, in our South Australian workshop. Our craftspeople are all local and we do everything in-house. We keep it as local and sustainable as possible.
Piano restoration can generally be divided into three distinct areas:
- Exterior aesthetic restoration: Exterior restoration often involves stripping or sanding back the original finish and then refinishing the piano, as well as removal and polishing of all brass work and hardware.
- Interior mechanical restoration: Mechanical restoration often involves rebuilding the piano’s mechanical components and moving parts, such as the piano action, keyboard and pedal mechanisms.
- Structural restoration: Structural restoration often involves repair of the frame and/or soundboard, and restringing the piano in some cases.
Piano Restoration Gallery
My 1940s baby grand arrived from overseas in terrible condition. The advice, knowledge and service I received from the guys at Leaver’s was second to none, and I am now the proud owner of a sympathetically and beautifully restored piano. Could not be happier.