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Available finishes

Available finishes

New pianos are usually available in a selection of different finishes, the most popular of which is polished ebony, or shiny black. Otherwise known as black polyester, this finish comprises a lacquer which is sprayed onto the cabinet and highly buffed to produce a lustrous and luxurious shine, and is incredibly strong and hardwearing.

Many manufacturers offer models in a variety of finishes including mahogany, rosewood, oak, alder, walnut, beech,... Continue reading

Pre-regulation & set up

Pre-regulation & set up

The first stage of preparing a piano for sale includes checking the frame, frame bolts and screws, and string positioning and string levelling. Our technicians check and adjust as required the key bushings, pins and capstans. The instrument is also checked to ensure that the spacing between keys is uniform, along with various other minor checks.

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Regulation & voicing

Regulation & voicing

Voicing is a procedure which ensures that the tone quality heard across the range of the piano keyboard is uniform and that each key produces a sound that is sympathetic to those of its neighbours. It is also possible to adjust the overall tone of the piano, in terms of the brilliance of the resulting sound - mellow, bright, warm, clear etc.

At the beginning of the voicing process, Chamberlain... Continue reading

Piano positioning

Piano positioning

The location of your piano can have an impact on the quality of sound produced and the overall longevity of the instrument. An acoustic piano has hundreds of wooden components, it is recommended that you keep your piano away from direct sources of heat, such as radiators, open fires, and wood burning stoves.

Pianos prefer a stable temperature and humidity. If you live in an older house where the piano... Continue reading