A.C. Pianocraft of New York City, it is our mission, our passion and our job.
The restoration of vintage pianos is an art and a specialty craft. We have worked with clients to restore their pianos. The piano restoration business did not come to Alex Kostakis as a gimmick or a way to make a quick buck. This business was borne of love of the art, and is a family business. Alex grew up learning the family business from his father, Ted. Ted turned over the business to his son a few years ago and the reputation that Ted built and care for customers and every piano that comes into the shop is the same care and devotion that Alex has.
When clients call or come into the shop, they very often do not know whether their piano is worth the time, money and effort of restoration. Typically, the answer to that question is yes. As many real musicians know, newer is not always better and while the latest and greatest in cutting edge technology may seem “cool” or hip, that is not always actually the best thing. Like the transformation from records to CDs and digital downloads, there are pluses and minuses. Your old school music aficionados will tell you there is nothing quite like the sound of an actual record playing. Why see a broadway show when you can sit at home on your 100 inch tv and watch in high definition or 3D even, while sitting on your comfy couch? Why see a live concert when you can listen to the music digitally at home? Lovers of music know the answers to these questions.
Whether you are passionate about your vintage piano and want it restored so you can learn to play or have children you would like to take lessons, or simply want to restore it to sell, we can help you.
Yes you can go out and buy a keyboard or a new piano. Is it the same as Grandma’s Steinway? Certainly not. Since 1966 A.C. Pianocraft has been restoring Steinways and making sure they live up to the Steinway name and reputation, as the finest in their instrument.
As the infatuation with new technology goes in and out of vogue, the trend of love and appreciation of the classics is more and more widespread. At A.C. Pianocraft, vintage piano restoration is powered by passion – a vintage Steinway is more than a musical instument, it is a thing of beauty. A.C. Pianocraft does not blow with the wind or change with what is in at the moment. Our love and admiration of antique pianos shows in our workmanship and high quality.
A.C. Pianocraft will always shoot straight with our clientele and will not pretend that restoring an antique piano is cheap. It’s not. Restoring a classic grand piano, whether it is a Steinway or Baldwin or Mason & Hamlin, is not a five minute process. It is a labor of love and yes it is going to cost some money.
However, your old Steinway that does not play and is being used as a table or coatrack, when restored in all of its splendor is suddenly a very worthwhile investment and is very valuable. Whether it is a cosmetic issue such as scratched up wood or it is an inoperational old piano we will be able to give you an estimate and do the job right.
A.C. Pianocraft has done restorations of many vintage grand pianos, picking up and delivering throughout the five boroughs as well as all over the country and have helped customers get these antique beauties up and at factory specifications again. We have worked with celebrities and everyday people and it does not matter who you are – if you have a vintage grand piano that you want restored, A.C. Pianocraft is the place to come.
If you are not sure where to begin, start with calling A.C. Pianocraft. We are always happy to answer your questions, discuss your particular vintage grand piano preference and show you beautiful restored pianos. A.C. Pianocraft handles jobs that are small like tuning as well as complete top to bottom restorations and refinishing. We will help you with the shipping and transportation of your classic grand piano and treat it whether a Steinway or a Baldwin – with care and respect.You can email us or call us or schedule a factory visit to see us at work with precision and care on every instrument that comes into our shop.
Unfortunately people will call and ask us how much their vintage grand piano is worth. That is not an easy question to answer, sight unseen. With over 12,000 parts in an individual piano and many types of varying conditions, it is not something we can answer over the phone. Some of the older pianos in rough shape may still be very valuable, once restored to their original beauty and glory. Some may not actually be worth very much. A.C. Pianocraft will do our best to steer you the right way after a phone conversation but cannot promise you a sight unseen over the phone estimate.
When you choose A.C. Pianocraft to do your restoration, you are choosing expertise, experience and love of the beautiful grand pianos of the golden age. You are not getting a big box discount store making fast money on cheap junk. You will never be disappointed in our craftsmanship and that is our goal. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. We are happy to provide references to you when you call or email us.[/title] Call A.C. Pianocraft today at 212-254-1840 or 718-361-9112. Let us help you with your vintage grand piano! You will be so glad you did.
“I just want to thank you, and commend you, on the phenomenal job you did on our grand piano! One of our adjunct piano professors asked me if it really was the same piano you took out of the Hays Theatre!! The craftsmanship is outstanding, and the piano looks beautiful on the stage in our new theatre.”
– Evelyn Selesky – Chairperson, Music Department Director, Undergrad Music Therapy, Molloy College
“My Steinway just arrived and I could not be more pleased. Your ability to continue to produce quality like this at reasonable prices in today’s market is remarkable.
Thanks to your talents this magnificent instrument can live-on for another generation to enjoy. Please tell your staff that they are “the best in the business.”
– Roland C. Fritz – Olney, MD
Why Choose Us
- You are choosing expertise, experience and love of the beautiful grand pianos of the golden age
- You are not getting a big box discount store making fast money on cheap junk.
- You will never be disappointed in our craftsmanship and that is our goal.
- A thing of beauty is a joy forever. We are happy to provide references to you when you call or email us.