restoration of ivory keytops
and most important contact between player and instrument runs
through the keys.
The touching of these keys is the human movement that sets forth
a series of technical actions in the inside of the piano, resulting
It's a delicate connection between hand and ear.
should be almost as sensitive as the skin of the fingers of the
Careful attention to the surface of the keys is for that reason
As key top,
ivory has the primary quality of absorbing sweat. Therefore it
feels much nicer than acrylic when you play.
There have been many experiments using different kind of acrylics
or for instance bone. Regrettably there has not been found an
alternative for ivory, with the same properties.
It is not
possible to buy a new piano with ivory key tops, because of the
ban on ivory trade.
An old piano can still have ivory key tops.
Unfortunately a lot of ivory has been replaced with acrylic key
tops in the past.
ivory keyboard can be restored satisfactorily, unless the ivory
has become too thin.
Using techniques from the dentistry we can repair broken pieces
of ivory almost without a trace.
key tops are glued back with special glue. Missing key tops are
carefully replaced with old reclaimed pieces. Following is the
careful sanding, bleaching if necessary and polishing of the ivory
The damaged area is prepared with a dental drill to make further
The surface is treated with different chemicals
A special composite is applied and hardened with Ultraviolet light
The last action is the sanding and polishing of the ivory key