“Restoration is an investment in the past, present and future”
Since the piano continued to evolve well into the early 20th century, parts and supplies may not be readily available for antique pianos. This is why many shops won't bother restoring them. We have most of our parts custom-made for each piano, and everything else we actually make ourselves.
Antique piano restoration is a very specialized craft that takes a lot of time, patience, and attention to detail. Piano tuners will often tell you that antique pianos are worthless or impossible to restore simply because they are not willing to invest the time and attention required to restore them. More often than not, these piano tuners are not familiar enough with antique pianos to give them an accurate evaluation.