Blog Archives

Antique Victorian Piano Restoration

Antique Victorian Piano Restoration of Weber Grand from 1874

Charm, beauty and fascination of bringing a treasured piano back to life is a true rewarding experience. The craftsmanship and dedication that originally went into making this instrument is unmistakable and is what made Weber one of the world’s most superb pianos in its day. 

Read more ›

Posted in Antique Pianos, Grand Pianos
Tags: , , , , ,

Identify and Care for your piano parts and wood types

Seeing the woods for the trees: identify and care for your piano parts

Seeing the woods for the trees

We posted a blog earlier last year about the numerous different wood types used in various aspects and stages of piano making, including the pinblock, soundboard and action mechanism – and,

Read more ›

Posted in Antique Pianos, Buying Guide, Grand Pianos, Piano Care, Piano parts, Upright Pianos
Tags: ,

Rare A.H. Gale Square Grand Piano, Completely Restored – Customer Review

Rare A.H. Gale Square Grand Piano, Completely Restored – A Piano Emporium Customer Review by Larry & Rebecca Brisendine

A.H. Gale Piano RestorationWe stand by our mission and promise to provide our customers with quality pianos, service and support. Treating each customer like an exclusive endeavor with special emphasis and attention to detail is key in providing the highest level of satisfaction that will enhance every musical experience.

Read more ›

Posted in Antique Pianos, Customer Testimonials, Grand Pianos
Tags: , , , , , , ,

“My Grandmother’s Piano” – Customer Review

“My Grandmother’s Piano” Restoration – by Kate Condon, Piano Emporium Customer

MEADOWS OF DAN, VIRGINIA:

My Grandmothers Piano Restoration, Kate Condon ofMy Grandmother, a concert pianist at 17, left me her Vintage 1901 Steinway Grand Piano over 50 years ago. Shane Owenby took perfect care of it for many years before I finally realized it needed complete restoration. 

Read more ›

Posted in Antique Pianos, Customer Testimonials, Grand Pianos
Tags: , , , ,

“Yesteryear” Piano Restoration – Customer Review

“Yesteryear” Piano Restoration – by John Sample, Piano Emporium Customer

Yesteryear Piano RestorationAfter shopping around and talking to various Piano Shops about restoring my 101 year old Player piano, I decided that the Piano Emporium was the right choice. Shane talked to me extensively and showed personal interest and understanding about the potential my instrument had,

Read more ›

Posted in Antique Pianos, Customer Testimonials
Tags: , , , ,

Wing & Son Family History – Piano Book

Wing & Son, one of our favorite and cherished antique piano manufacturers, was established in 1868.  Alison Deland Scott was kind enough to give us a History of her family. Her mother was Barbara Wing, daughter of Richard Deland (not Delano) Wing, and her older brother, Laurence.

Read more ›

Posted in Antique Pianos
Tags: ,

Hardman Piano Company

Hugh Hardman established the company during 1842 in New York. He later worked with his brother John and partnered with Leopold Peck to form Hardman Peck & Co. Aeolian took  over the company as they did many other piano manufacturers of the time. Pianos with the Hardman name were made until 1982. 

Read more ›

Posted in Antique Pianos, Grand Pianos


Ricca

Ricca, or Ricca & Son was established in 1891 by H.F. Ricca and E.I. Ricca, at 604 East 132 St. and 884 East 134th St., New York. By the mid 20’s the offices and factory was located at 97-99 Southern Blvd., New York. They bought the Ludwig PIano Company around 1933.

Read more ›

Posted in Antique Pianos, Piano parts, Upright Pianos


Pneumatic Player Pianos

Pneumatic player pianos are a lot of fun and operate using a vacuum for power. Pedaling with the feet creates this suction, which operates bellows in the piano.  Through hoses and valves the player mechanism manipulates the action of the piano where it in turn plays the keys.  Each note has an individual valve and pneumatic unit.

Read more ›

Posted in Antique Pianos


Wing & Son antique pianos

One of our favorite antique pianos, Wing & Son, was founded in 1868  by Luman B. Wing in New York.  Luman B. Wing was the main partner in the firm of Doane, Wing & Cushing.  Luman B. Wing died in 1873 and was succeeded by his son, Frank L. Wing and then by his son R.

Read more ›

Posted in Antique Pianos