Mechanical Music Restoration & Repair

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Antique Mechanical Music Restoration & Repair

At BAFRA, we provide access to antique mechanical music 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 Mechanical Music Restorers at BAFRA

Antique mechanical music restoration is a specialised craft dedicated to preserving and revitalising historic musical instruments such as player pianos, music boxes, orchestrions, and mechanical organs. These instruments, often crafted with intricate mechanisms, represent significant artistic heritage, providing a glimpse into the musical tastes and technologies of bygone eras.

BAFRA-accredited restoration experts meticulously disassemble, clean, repair, and reassemble the intricate mechanical components of these instruments to restore their functionality and sound quality while maintaining their authenticity. This process may involve sourcing rare parts, repairing delicate mechanisms, and addressing wear and tear accumulated over decades or even centuries.

By preserving and restoring these remarkable antiques, mechanical music restoration not only honours the craftsmanship of the past but also enriches the appreciation of mechanical music and its historical significance.


Antique Mechanical Music Restoration FAQs

What is mechanical music?

Mechanical music has existed for hundreds of years but was most popular during the nineteenth century. Mechanical music is produced by self-playing or automatic musical instruments where musical notes are determined mechanically by a programme either pinned on wooden barrels or metal cylinders or punched on discs or strips of metal, card or paper. Examples include player pianos, music boxes, orchestrions, mechanical organs, and other self-playing instruments. These devices utilise intricate mechanisms to produce melodies and harmonies. Mechanical music has a rich history spanning centuries and offers insight into the evolution of musical technology and the ingenuity of instrument makers throughout time.

What is antique mechanical music restoration?

Antique mechanical music restoration is the process of repairing and reviving historic mechanical musical instruments. Our restoration specialists meticulously disassemble, clean, repair, and reassemble these intricate instruments to restore their functionality, appearance, and sound quality while preserving their authenticity and historical significance. Through skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail, mechanical music restoration ensures that these cherished antiques continue to delight audiences with their unique charm and musicality.

What types of antique mechanical musical instruments can be restored?

BAFRA members are able to restore and repair a range of mechanical musical instruments including mechanical organs, organettes, musical boxes, singing birds, barrel pianos, self-playing pianos and orchestrions. These instruments vary in complexity and design but share the common characteristic of employing mechanical components to produce music automatically. BAFRA skilled restoration specialists can assess and restore these instruments to their former glory.

How do I know if my antique mechanical musical instrument needs restoration?

You might need restoration for your antique mechanical musical instrument if you notice signs of malfunction, such as sticking keys, erratic playback, or unusual noises. Additionally, visible damage like cracks, chips, or missing parts may indicate the need for restoration. If the instrument's appearance has deteriorated significantly, with fading finishes or worn components, restoration could also be necessary. Consultation with a BAFRA restoration specialist is advisable to assess the instrument's condition thoroughly and determine the extent of repairs needed to restore its functionality, appearance, and sound quality while preserving its historical value.

Why choose a BAFRA-accredited member for antique mechanical music restoration?

The importance of restoring or repairing antique mechanical musical instruments 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 mechanical musical instruments. BAFRA accreditation is a mark of trust and reputation within the antique restoration industry. Choosing an accredited member instills confidence that your instrument is in capable hands and will receive the expert care it deserves.

Find BAFRA-Accredited Mechanical Music 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 mechanical music restoration and repair.

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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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