Other Services

If a piano has been out of use for a long time or has been stored for number of years it most likely will require cleaning. Even if a piano has been used continuously, if it has never been cleaned, or if it has been several years since it has been cleaned, it should be cleaned. Dust and mold residing inside the piano not only adversely affect the life of the strings, but can adversely affect the health of the person playing the piano.

Dust and mold can accumulate in the action, on the strings, and around the windings of the tuning pins. It can also accumulate on the hammers in upright and grand pianos, so that every time the piano is played this dust is being thrown into the air. This is not a healthy situation. Pianos should have regular thorough cleaning as soon as dust starts to accumulate.

It is a good idea for grand pianos that the lid and key cover be shut tightly when the piano is not in use. This will keep adverse amounts of dust from accumulating in the action, on the keys, on the strings, soundboard, and on the cast iron frame.

If cleaning is required the piano will require thorough brushing while vacuuming. Grand pianos that have had excessive amounts of dirt gather on the soundboard and strings will require a special cleaning process that removes dust and also gently and carefully washes grime off of the soundboard. Both upright and grand pianos periodically need a removal of built-up dirt from under the keys. Key grime and buildup can also be careful washed off of synthetic or ivory keytops. Sharps that have had excessive build up on them can also be cleaned.

Major Repairs

If a repair is quick and straight-forward, it is often included in a basic tuning. More complicated or extensive repairs are be made at an hourly rate, plus material costs.

Major piano repairs may require moving the piano or the action rack to my shop where we do more extensive work. We can do anything from action repair and/or refurbishing up to complete upright or grand restoration including refinishing.

More involved repairs can include strings breaking, keys sticking or failing to play, or the piano making strange sounds.

Please contact me for more details if you think that your piano is in need of major repairs. The cities I do piano repair in includes Waterville, Augusta, Bangor and Portland.

Service Price
Hourly standard charge $100 first hour/ $80/hr for second hour + parts
Grand hammer shaping, complete regulation and tone building process for pianos that had not had the strings previously 'bedded' $2700
Restringing $1500 to $2000 depending on size
Standard Tuning (and minor work) $120 to $160
Move pianos in and out of state Contact For Price
Major Pitch Adjustment $40
Complete action regulation $240
Full disassembly and cleaning $80
Appraisals $80
Evaluations $80

  • Stephen C. Cates
  • Independent Steinway Factory-Trained Piano Technician
  • Trained by Scott Jones
  • By invitation of Michael Moore
  • iPh 207-944-3096
  • secates@fairpoint.net

We Strive   For High Quality Work!

Steve Cates has been tuning and moving piano's for the last 35 years in the state of Maine. He is a Steinway Factory-Trained Technician. He is well recommended by many past and present clients. He is covered with business insurance.