Antique Keyboard Restoration

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Antique Keyboard Restoration & Repair

At BAFRA, we provide access to antique keyboard restoration and repair. Every member has been rigorously assessed and vetted. Our members are all established businesses that are fully accredited and work to the highest standards and ethics.

Antique Keyboard Restorers at BAFRA

Antique keyboard restoration is the process of reviving the functionality, aesthetics, and historical value of vintage typewriters, pianos, organs, and other keyboard instruments. These instruments, often cherished for their craftsmanship and historical significance, can suffer from a range of issues over time, including wear, damage, and deterioration.

Restoration begins with a comprehensive assessment of the instrument's condition, identifying areas of damage, missing parts, or mechanical issues. BAFRA skilled restorers then undertake a variety of restoration techniques, which may include cleaning, repairing or replacing damaged components, reconditioning mechanical mechanisms, and refinishing surfaces.

In the case of typewriters, restoration may involve cleaning and oiling the intricate mechanical parts, replacing worn or damaged keys, and restoring the typewriter's signature typing action. For pianos and organs, restoration may include refurbishing the keyboard action, repairing or replacing worn hammers and strings, and restoring the instrument's original sound quality.

Throughout the restoration process, our restorers strive to preserve the instrument's authenticity and character, using period-appropriate materials and techniques. Once restoration is complete, the instrument is carefully tuned, regulated, and tested to ensure optimal performance and functionality.

Antique keyboard restoration not only breathes new life into these cherished instruments but also preserves their cultural heritage and artistic legacy for future generations to enjoy. Through skilled craftsmanship and dedication to preserving history, restored antique keyboards continue to inspire and delight enthusiasts around the world.


Antique Keyboard Restoration FAQs

What is antique keyboard restoration?

Antique keyboard restoration is the meticulous process of reviving and preserving the functionality, aesthetics, and historical value of vintage keyboard instruments. Restorers carefully assess and repair damage, clean surfaces, and refurbish mechanical components to ensure optimal performance and authenticity. Whether it's a vintage typewriter, piano, organ, or harpsichord, antique keyboard restoration aims to breathe new life into these cherished instruments.

What are the common issues addressed in antique keyboard restoration?

Common issues addressed in antique keyboard restoration include wear, damage, and deterioration accumulated over time. For typewriters, this may involve repairing or replacing damaged keys, restoring the typewriter's mechanical action, and cleaning or reconditioning internal mechanisms. Pianos and organs often require refurbishing of keyboard actions, replacement of worn hammers and strings, and restoration of sound quality. Additionally, all keyboard instruments may need cleaning, refinishing of surfaces, and tuning to restore their original appearance and functionality. Skilled artisans employ a range of techniques to address these issues, ensuring that the restored instrument maintains its authenticity and historical value.

What is the process of antique keyboard restoration?

Every keyboard instrument that is to be restored is an individual process that requires its own level of keyboard restoration. Restoration techniques may include cleaning, repairing or replacing damaged components, reconditioning mechanical mechanisms, refurbishing keyboard actions, and refinishing surfaces using period-appropriate materials and techniques. Our members aim to retain as much of the original instrument as possible. If components need to be replaced, such as strings, the restorer will always aim to use materials appropriate to the period of the instrument.

What type of antique keyboards can be restored?

A variety of keyboard instruments can undergo restoration, including vintage typewriters, pianos, organs, harpsichords, and clavichords. Each instrument presents unique challenges and restoration requirements, but BAFRA skilled restorers can meticulously refurbish and revitalise these antique keyboards to their former glory, preserving their historical significance and musical heritage for future generations to appreciate.

Can antique keyboard restoration increase the value of instruments?

Yes, antique keyboard restoration can increase the value of instruments by restoring their functionality, aesthetics, and historical significance. Professional restoration enhances the instrument's condition and appearance, making it more desirable to collectors and enthusiasts. A restored instrument not only retains its original charm but also showcases the craftsmanship of a bygone era. As a result, the instrument's market value may appreciate, reflecting both its restored beauty and its cultural heritage.

Why choose a BAFRA-accredited member for antique keyboard restoration?

The importance of having an antique keyboard restored by a BAFRA-accredited qualified craftsman cannot be stressed enough. BAFRA members have in-depth knowledge based on more than 20 years of experience restoring, repairing and conserving antique keyboards. BAFRA-accredited restorers possess specialised knowledge in antique keyboard restoration, preserving historical integrity while enhancing functionality. Their expertise minimises the risk of damage and ensures authentic restoration, maintaining the value and authenticity of your cherished antique. With a BAFRA-accredited member, you entrust your valuable heirloom to skilled hands, ensuring its longevity and continued enjoyment.

Find BAFRA Accredited Antique Keyboard Restoration & Repair Specialists

All accredited, full members are required to have at least five years as a conservation-restoration professional (the average member today has 23 years of experience) and pass an exacting assessment on their skills, knowledge and business credentials. Our members acknowledge the importance of continuous professional development to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments in antique keyboard restoration.

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Every BAFRA member is an expert in their field and is actively involved in Continual Professional Development (CPD) to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments.


Every one of our members are required to have a minimum of 5 years' professional experience, although the average is well over 20 years' experience.


Honesty and authenticity are our key principles, and we ensure that all members are fully vetted and must hold appropriate insurance. We also offer a comprehensive complaints mediation service.

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