Why Would I Consider Rebuilding My Piano?
Registered Piano Technician Dan McElrath, owner of Alaska Piano Services, also offers quality piano rebuilding services. The rebuilding of a piano is a major undertaking which requires, first and foremost, an instrument of sufficient quality to justify the time and expense necessary for such a makeover. Rebuilding services offered includes complete action rebuilding, restringing, plate refinishing as well as complete cabinet refinishing. We typically do 2 rebuilds a year. For institutions rebuilding is often a viable alternative to purchasing a very expensive new instrument and is also an excellent way to preserve an heirloom piano for generations to come. Call us today for a consultation.
This 2017/18 Rebuild Was First of it's Kind in Alaska
APS began a rebuild project in 2017 to include a full soundboard replacement, a first in Alaska! This entails completely removing and replacing the entire belly of the piano. This 1905 Steinway Louis XV grand piano is owned by the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
APS was honored to work with Christian Bolduc from Canada who owns Bolduc Piano. Christian is a regular sponsor of piano education events and known world wide for his work in soundboard replacement.
In order to make the most of this opportunity we used this as an educational seminar for the local chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild.
"The Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship contracted with Alaska Piano Services in July 2017 to rebuild and refinish a 1905 Steinway Piano that was donated to us. Dan took great care in removing and returning it to us when it was completed. He kept us informed of the progress of the rebuilding effort, including photos, during the 6 months he had it in his care. The piano looks and sounds wonderful, and he has assisted us in providing the protection and care it needs to last another 100 years!"
Peggy Robinson, AUUF Treasurer
In 2016 APS had the privilege of rebuilding the Dimond High Piano in Anchorage. This 70 yr old Steinway was rebuilt and completed in October of 2016. A ceremony that included performances from local artists and teachers welcomed this beautiful instrument back home.
This piano is a 1973 Steinway Model B rebuilt in 2005 by Dan McElrath for the newly renovated Bartlett high school auditorium in Anchorage.