Chipped keys

Chipped keys

My poor old piano has suffered some abuse over the years and several of the keys are chipped. Can anything be done?

Hopefully, yes! It depends on the material your key coverings are made from; generally ivory, celluloid, or plastic. The most drastic repair is to replace all your old ivories or celluloid keys with plastic which could be quite expensive and involve a period where the piano is out of action while the work is carried out. If only a few are chipped it may be possible for your tuner to replace them in situ, although the colour and grain of ivory differs with every piano. It is much more difficult to replace individual celluloid keys. It is also feasible to repair broken ivories using a quick drying resin which can be readily sanded and polished. When done properly, this repair is almost invisible but be prepared to pay for the tuner’s skill and expertise. Incidentally, key chips are usually caused by small children using the piano keys as a drum – you have been warned!