Piano and pianoforte restoration
As an antique piano enthusiast, I put my all into restoring these instruments.
I work in collaboration with the greatest specialists in pianoforte restoration. Major restoration work such as changing the pin-block or replacing soundboard ribs falls comfortably within my range of skills and know-how.
As part of my policy of fidelity to each instrument’s authenticity and history I will provide you with a full breakdown of the work to be carried out on your piano.
And I will respect the original materials to provide the richest tone for any instrument entrusted to me.
All restorations carried out by us also include full harmonization of the instrument in its definitive setting, carried out in the owner’s presence and to his specifications.
The Xavier Bontemps piano restoration service is available throughout France and in neighbouring countries. Transport of the instrument to and from the workshop is part of our service.
The Well-Tempered Keyboard offers a finishing and maintenance service for your piano, whether antique or more recent:
– keyboard and action adjustment,
These three points are each equally important and are closely interconnected.
Adjustment ensures that the action runs smoothly, enabling the pianist to produce the exact effects he is aiming at with all desired nuances.
Tuning ensures the accuracy of the instrument’s pitch.
Harmonization means smoothing the piano’s timbre. It is of course closely linked to tuning but also to adjustment: an instrument can only be harmonized if it is perfectly adjusted and tuned. It is the finishing touch to the piano’s preparation.
As a pianist himself, Xavier Bontemps will be ready to harmonize your piano according to your taste.
Rental of outstanding pianos
We have available for rental the following instruments, selected for their distinctive characteristics:
– a Pleyel baby-grand piano from the time of Chopin;
– a designer concert piano;
– a Schimmel upright piano.
Other instruments of the Romantic period will soon be available.
Discover our rental instruments here (in French).