2 years ago I ordered a full renovation of Steinway model A, 188 cm, from SAP Renovation in Kalisz, Poland.
I also visited the factory and office in Poland to oversee the procedures in June 2018.
As a summery, after 2 years of playing and with vast personal experience with Steinways, I conclude that SAP Renovation is by far the best place on the planet to really fully restore a grand piano. This company has the best qualified, skilled staff, managers, carpenters, music instrument builders, cabinet builders, polishers, and all other necessary professional categories in a huge staff.
My Steinway was imported from the US in 2017, and was the first edition of Steinway’s very successful overstrung model from 1890, when it was first tested on market, hence 85 keys. SAP helped me with shipping from the US to Poland and to my home.
As a bottom line – SAP renovation has done a wonder – they have transferred to whole piece, in every minute details into brand new Hamburg Steinway, which could’ve been build last year. The sound is crystalline, cantabile, i.e. singing, exactly the European/German Steinway sound I wanted to have. Moreover they fitted the grand piano with a superb Bolan sound system – which means I can play at any time. The quality of this system per se and the way it was integrated is just perfect. Also, we decided to use Heller bass strings, sometimes preferred by concert pianists (and myself), for the more profound bass, which worked out extremely well, and blended well with the tonality of the other strings.
Prior to this order I researched the various options to restore/renovate a Steinway grand piano, and after the delivery from SAP, visit at their site in Poland, and after using the instrument for 2 years, and can, with the largest emphasis, really conclude that there is no better place to make a piano makeover anywhere than with SAP Renovation in Kalisz.
Thank you very much for re-creating a just perfect Steinway for picky and perfectionistic pianist in Stockholm, Sweden.
I have never met an instrument building team with such skills, knowledge and extreme attention to every details – thank you! Dziękuję Ci!
A special thanks to Paulina Przybylska for being an excellent and patient organiser, manager and restoration consultant for the whole process.
All best wishes,
I would like to thank you for doing such a great job on my Steinway reconditioning. It’s amazing and much better than I expected.
The piano is wonderful – really beautiful sound which I am enjoying playing.
The restoration is superb.
Well done and thank you
Richard Corser, December 10, 2019
We can’t thank you and your crew enough for the wonderful job you did taking our piano from us in the north of Scotland to Poland and back, and returning it better than new. We were faced with a very uncertain alternative of a long wait, no firm bit for repair and an uncertain completion date until you swept in and saved us. Your crew ere wonderful to work with and kept us in the loop as to the progress of the repairs.
Wendy, 20th of February 2019
Model B Steinway 1967
I am very pleased with the restoration by SAP of my model B Steinway. Both the casework and action are extremely well restored and the piano looks and plays like the restored pianos Steinway sell in their own showrooms alongside their new pianos. SAP kept me informed during every step of the restoration and consulted with me on all aspects of it. This is a piano I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Diarmuid Dunne, 25th Jan 2016, London.
Fortepian został wyremontowany przez SAP Renovation dla Pianos-Allegro sarl/ Feurich Center Suisse a Romanel/Lausanne. Regulacja ostateczna została wykonana przez Patrice Scanavini.
Odrestaurowany przez SAP w Polsce. Jest to jeden z rzadszych kolekcjonerskich okazów, zbudowany w 1898 roku, długość ok. 2,5 m, pokryty okleina orzechową, wiktoriański styl obudowy i nóg. Profesjonalnie odrestaurowany przez Europejskich Mistrzów Rzemiosła (SAP) w Polsce.
Chciałbym wam podziękować za pracę którą wykonujecie.
Jest to trzeci fortepian który wam powierzyłem i jestem w pełni zadowolony z naszej współpracy.
Umiecie się zaadaptować do moich zaleceń (Przy kompletnych remontach jak i samej obudowy), jakość waszej pracy jest bardzo dobra.
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