PTM 2021 September Convention

Bill Monroe

Rebuilding & Restoring The Upright Piano

Rebuilding & Restoring the Upright Piano is a visual journey, winding its way through the process of a complete rebuild/restoration of a 1914 A.B. Chase Upright piano.

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Rebuilding & Restoring the Upright Piano is a photo journey that winds its way through the process of a complete rebuild/restoration of a 1914 A.B. Chase Upright piano. I’ll be your tour guide as we take a visual journey that winds its way through the entire restoration process. We’ll have an opportunity to explore every step of the restoration, and there will be an opportunity to explore some of the steps of the work in greater detail, such as soundboard/pinblock work, action restoration, how to decide whether to rebuild or not, or anything that piques the interest of the class. The goal of the class is two-fold. The first emphasis is to help technicians appreciate that with good planning and thoughtful selection, rebuilding old uprights is justifiable not only musically, but financially as well. The second emphasis of learning will be more driven by what the class is interested in as we explore various segments of the process in greater detail.


Bill Monroe

Bill studied engineering, biology and wildlife ecology at Michigan Tech, Eastern Michigan, and Montana State Universities, respectively, and later began his piano career with encouragement from Ward Guthrie, RPT in Bozeman, MT. His education included the Randy Potter School, attending the 2002 Randy Potter Advanced Training Seminar, 2004 Yamaha Little Red School House, 2008 Steinway & Sons Technical Academy and the 2010 Steinway & Sons Extended Technical Academy. Bill has worked for dealers in the past but currently serves an exclusively private clientele, providing in-home tuning and service as well as offering complete, custom rebuilding and restoration services in his shop.

A stellar reputation in the piano industry.

“McNulty is the top quality maker in the fortepiano field. Clients include Glyndebourne Festival, Royal Academy of Music in London, Royal College of Music in London, Kristian Bezuidenhout and Alexander Skeaping, also best performers and institutions internationally.”

Peter R.

“I had fortepiano by Paul McNulty many years and I am very much happy with it and everyone else is. I recommended McNulty instrument to the Amsterdam Conservatory and people there were also very happy with the instrument. My fortepiano is especially wanted by many and I had rented it out many times. I think it is one of the best fortepiano copies in the world.”

Stanley Hoogland - professor of fortepiano in Amsterdam and Den Haag conservatories


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"I felt I had a history lesson on the piano & it's formation. I now know who to contact if I ever run into one of these, so far in over 50+ years in the piano business I haven't but you never know. "

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"This was my 2nd online convention I found both to be EXCELLENT learning experiences. I am 50+ years in the business so I am definetly not a newbie, just open to new & different ideas & ways of performing certain tasks in piano work. I also had my knowledge base expanded about the differing types of wool used in making felt & the different types of buckskin/sheepskin/leather used in modern & historic piano making."

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"There were many things that I can use to make my service better and the knowledge of procedures that I already employ in my work that others have been doing too"


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