About Us

About Us

We have a passion for the restoration of ‘Golden Era’ pianos. For us it’s a joy to see a hundred-year-old piano go from a worn, broken condition to a showpiece instrument — one that looks and sounds new.

Clint Hughes, Founder of Grand American Piano
Clint Hughes, Founder of Grand American Piano

Over the past two decades we have restored 100’s of pianos including antique instruments from Steinway & Sons, Mason & Hamlin, Baldwin, Knabe, Sohmer, Weber, Chickering, and many more. Each instrument has its own character and challenges to bring back its former glory.

In addition to restoring baby grand and grand pianos, we also restore vintage upright and antique square grand pianos. Our client testimonials give you background about our service as well as our passion for restoring antique pianos.

1892 Weber Grand Piano    1898 Harrington Upright Piano    Restored grand piano detail

Piano restoration is exciting and rewarding work. We have our hands on each part of the transformation, and get to watch the piano progress from the proverbial ugly duckling to a gleaming swan. For us, restoring vintage pianos is not a job, its a vocation.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition with Grand American Piano

In 2010, we were contacted to be part of the television show Extreme Makeover, Home Edition. Although we did not restore a piano for the episode, we did advise the stars on creative use of a vintage upright to add one-of-a-kind, beautiful, music-themed furniture to the home.

You are welcome to read the story about how we got started at the Sunset Grill in Hollywood.

From Grand American Piano Founder, Clint Hughes

Detmer-upright-piano-carved-leg“The older American pianos were not only built to last, but beautifully built to last. Some of the most beautiful woods, including burled walnuts, figured mahoganies, and stunning rosewoods were used in conjunction with mouldings and carvings that embellished the cases that gave equal credence to form as well as function. Even the contemporary case styles of the day had subtle accents that made them classic and stately-looking. Of course, the period piece Victorian, French Provincial, Georgian, Louis XVI, etc. were the centerpieces of whatever room they graced, as well.”