Cape Fear Piano Shop

Cape Fear Piano Shop Cape Fear Piano Shop is a piano refurbishing shop and retail store. We sell, consign and warrant fully refurbished acoustic pianos.

Operating as usual

10/29/2021

Back a few years ago Alexei Mejouev approached me about making a video for my shop. Check out his page as he does great work and I couldn't be happier with this video! I failed to post and share it then as at the time I felt I could barely keep up with the workload. I still can't and it's only increased, but that's not a reason not to share it! Luckily I currently have a better setup and arrangement in the shop, but I still have too many pianos! 😁🎹 #PianoTechnician #PianoShop #PianoRestoration

Greetings Cape Fear region! It's about that time again to share with you all our extensive inventory of pianos! We have ...
10/28/2020

Greetings Cape Fear region! It's about that time again to share with you all our extensive inventory of pianos! We have 40+ acoustic pianos available for viewing from multiple brands in all shapes, sizes, styles, finishes, and ages, available now!

Some pianos remain in the condition as received, many others are in progress, but all will be thoroughly gone through before leaving our shop.

-All pianos are completely refurbished inside and out.
-Full tuning to standard A-440 pitch.
-Full regulation of action, keys, and pedals to factory specifications.
-Complete disassembly and thorough cleaning, vacuuming, and lubrication of interior and action.
-Any broken strings, broken hammers, sticking keys, etcetera are properly remedied.

30+ Uprights from $1,288
10+ Grands and baby grands from $3,988

*All piano purchases come with a bench, delivery will be coordinated for a fee (within 30 miles), and 1 FREE in-home tuning after delivery.*

*All pianos also come with a 5 year warranty on all parts and labor*

Have a piano already but looking to possibly upgrade? Trade it in and receive a credit towards its replacement! The delivery charge will cover the swap and delivery of BOTH pianos!

***NOTICE*** CALL (not text) or EMAIL our office before stopping by! We are in and out of the shop often, so as a result we are currently open for viewing by appointment only. Call to schedule a visit, and please wear a MASK!

910-399-3880 (not text)
[email protected]
118 S 17th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
(Big old white brick building on the left after Orange St. but before Dock St.)

Brands in stock: Acrosonic, Baldwin, Boston, Challen, Charles Walter, Chase Brothers, Chickering, Conover Cable, Essex, Everett, Hallet & Davis, Hamilton, Kawai, Kimball, Knabe, Kohler & Campbell, Kranich & Bach, Lester, Mason & Hamlin, Melville Clark, Meyer & Sons, Samick, Schumann, Sohmer, Steinway & Sons, Stieff, Story & Clark, Wanamaker, Wurlitzer, Yamaha

Attention Wilmington and surrounding area piano players, teachers, students, enthusiasts, and potential purchasers! We h...
10/05/2019

Attention Wilmington and surrounding area piano players, teachers, students, enthusiasts, and potential purchasers! We have 40+ acoustic pianos available for viewing in multiple shapes, sizes, styles, finishes, ages, and brands available now!

Many pianos remain in the condition as received, others are in progress, but all will be gone through before delivery.

-All pianos are completely refurbished inside and out.
-Full tuning to standard A-440 pitch.
-Full regulation of action, keys, and pedals to factory specifications.
-Any broken strings, broken hammers, sticking keys, etcetera are properly remedied.

30+ Uprights from $1188
10+ Grands and baby grands from $4,588

*All piano purchases come with a bench,
FREE delivery included (within 30 miles),
and 1 FREE in-home tuning after delivery.*

**All pianos also come with a 5 year warranty on all parts and labor**

***NOTICE*** CALL (not text) or EMAIL our office before stopping by! We are in and out of the shop often, so please contact us to make an appointment so we can to be sure we're here!

910-399-3880 (not text)
[email protected]
118 S 17th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
(Big old white brick building on the left after Orange St. but before Dock St.)

Keywords: piano, pianos, upright piano, vertical piano, grand piano, baby grand piano, acoustic piano, Acrosonic, Aeolian, Baldwin, Boston, Challen, Chase Brothers, Chickering, Conover Cable, Everett, Gulbransen, Hallet & Davis, Hamilton, Hardman, Howard, Kawai, Kimball, Knabe, Kohler & Campbell, Kranich & Bach, Lester, Mason & Hamlin, McPhail, Melville Clark, Meyer & Sons, Rudolph Wurlitzer, Samick, Schumann, Shaw, Sohmer, Steinway & Sons, Stieff, Story & Clark, Wanamaker, Whitney, Winter, Wurlitzer, Yamaha

Greetings post-Florence Wilmington. I hope everyone is recuperating from the hurricane well enough!Short shop update. We...
09/19/2018

Greetings post-Florence Wilmington. I hope everyone is recuperating from the hurricane well enough!

Short shop update. We received some external damage to the side of our building. The metal awning was torn off the building sending cinder blocks crashing into and breaking two windows. It brought in some water, but wasn't too bad. It has all mostly been cleaned up and we've had power for the last three days! The pianos were all moved away from the windows and all of them survived and will make music again!

For those of you that had appointments scheduled recently, I will be in touch to reschedule once we're all up and running.

#CapeFearStrong #ILMStrong #HurricaneFlorence

@ Cape Fear Piano Shop

Thank you to @_beautifuldisaster89 and Mark Perry in Virginia for guiding me through this very unique repair!These squar...
05/04/2018

Thank you to @_beautifuldisaster89 and Mark Perry in Virginia for guiding me through this very unique repair!

These square grand damper felts have to be cut at very specific angles to avoid rubbing their neighbors, so it required a lot more labor and guessing and checking to get them all just right.

After setting up the jig to plunge cut each felt, the old ones were removed with good old Windex (thanks again Becca!) New ones were glued on, and voila!

#PianoTechnician #PianoRepairs #SquareGrand #SquareGrandPiano #SaveTheSquares #DamperFelts @ Wilmington, North Carolina

Performed a keytop replacement job on a 1920s Sohmer baby grand owned by a local piano bar. Haven't done this repair in ...
04/12/2018

Performed a keytop replacement job on a 1920s Sohmer baby grand owned by a local piano bar. Haven't done this repair in awhile, but I'm mostly happy.. The previous tech that replaced the keys decided to put his glue on the old glue instead of sanding it down to the wood for a clean surface. Glue doesn't glue to glue. #Glueless. Although I was able to use a belt sander to remove the old glue and trim the new keytop sides flush, I had to hand file the edges to achieve the rounded shape. #PianoTechnician #PianoRepairs #NewKeytops #Sohmer #PianoBar #Glueception @ Cape Fear Piano Shop

Did you know, Schubert made pianos as well?! 😀 I tuned this 1931 5' baby grand the other day. Schubert Piano Co. was est...
04/06/2018

Did you know, Schubert made pianos as well?! 😀 I tuned this 1931 5' baby grand the other day. Schubert Piano Co. was established in 1880 in New York City. Shortly after this piano was made, Lester Piano Co. of Pennsylvania took over in 1932 and eventually discontinued the name by 1937. #Schubert #SchubertPiano #LesterPiano #BabyGrand #PianoTuner #PianoTechnician

04/03/2018

Follow up to previous post. A Prelude by Bach BWV 999, or at least, the parts I could remember! #Harpsichord #Bach #Baroque #BaroquePitch #A415

Posting this over a month after the fact, but better late than never!! Last month I had the privilege of working on, pre...
04/03/2018

Posting this over a month after the fact, but better late than never!! Last month I had the privilege of working on, prepping, and transporting this locally-owned gorgeous harpsichord for a couple of concerts. It is a French-Flemish style transposing double manual with two 8' registers, a 4', and a buff stop. It was made by Peter Tkach in St. Louis, Missouri in 1994. It needed quite a bit of tuning and regulation, few strings to replace, sticking keys etc, but it made it through the multiple moves and performances! It was sometimes very stressful and nerve-racking with how delicate every component was, but in the end was very rewarding and an experience I won't soon forget! #Harpsichord #HarpsichordTuning #French #Flemish #DoubleManual #PeterTkach @ Wilmington, North Carolina

Project for today, tune the piano to the organ! But here's the catch.. Neither are at A440!! Notice my rubber mute holdi...
03/21/2018

Project for today, tune the piano to the organ! But here's the catch.. Neither are at A440!! Notice my rubber mute holding the organ key down in the second picture. #PianoTuner #PianoTechnician #WhiteElephant #NotA440 @ Wilmington, North Carolina

We went undercover today.. Double undercover actually!... 😂 Installed undercovers for two pianos at a local church. Thes...
03/11/2018

We went undercover today.. Double undercover actually!... 😂 Installed undercovers for two pianos at a local church. These not only visually conceal the Dampp-Chaser systems, but they also aid in the stabilization of the airflow and climate within the piano itself. #DoubleUndercover #DamppChaser #HumidityControl #PianoTechnician @ Wilmington, North Carolina

When a string breaks, it's time to make your own hitch pin loop! For my first one, without the proper tools, and by hand...
02/21/2018

When a string breaks, it's time to make your own hitch pin loop! For my first one, without the proper tools, and by hand, I'm rather satisfied! #Harpsichord #HarpsichordTuning #HarpsichordStrings

My office for today! Tuning and regulating this exquisite harpsichord for an upcoming concert this weekend! It was made ...
02/20/2018

My office for today! Tuning and regulating this exquisite harpsichord for an upcoming concert this weekend! It was made by Peter Tkach in 1994 in St. Louis, Missouri. It's a Flemish-French style with two coupling manuals that transpose as well. This should be fun! #Harpsichord #HarpsichordTuning #Flemish #French #GoldLeaf @ Wilmington, North Carolina

Follow up to previous post as Instagram didn't like the verticleness of this picture.. Regardless, look at those LEGS! 😍...
02/16/2018

Follow up to previous post as Instagram didn't like the verticleness of this picture.. Regardless, look at those LEGS! 😍😍 #LegsForDays

I had the privilege of working on this gorgeous 1933 Baldwin baby grand today. Apparently it was used in the 1933 Chicag...
02/16/2018

I had the privilege of working on this gorgeous 1933 Baldwin baby grand today. Apparently it was used in the 1933 Chicago World's Fair! It was wonderfully rebuilt back in the 70s, and still sounds and plays like a dream! Only needed a good cleaning, pitch raise, and a few ivories reglued. Looking forward to my next scheduled visit! #BaldwinPiano #ArtCasePiano #ChicagoWorldsFair #ACenturyOfProgress #PianoTuner #PianoTechnician

"Your estimate to move my piano is way cheaper than everyone else in town! Why is that?""Well that's because we can't pr...
01/24/2018

"Your estimate to move my piano is way cheaper than everyone else in town! Why is that?"

"Well that's because we can't promise that 100% of the piano will be delivered intact.."

Use professionals people, otherwise you might not have a LEG to stand on!! 🤣🤣 #PianoMoving #HireProfessionals #ItWasThereWhenWePackedIt

Happy Holidays to four new piano owners! A 1992 Wurlitzer Baby Grand with Baldwin Player, a 1933 Wheelock Baby Grand by ...
12/22/2017

Happy Holidays to four new piano owners! A 1992 Wurlitzer Baby Grand with Baldwin Player, a 1933 Wheelock Baby Grand by Aeolian, a 1972 Wurlitzer Spinet Player, and a very cool 1941 Steinway Console upright! Hope everyone enjoys them! #TisTheSeason #JustInTime #BuysPiano #ObtainsHapiness

Tuned an interesting piano today. An Astin-Weight made in Salt Lake City, Utah. Founded in 1956, they are now the oldest...
11/14/2017

Tuned an interesting piano today. An Astin-Weight made in Salt Lake City, Utah. Founded in 1956, they are now the oldest independently owned Piano manufacturer in the country. Their pianos utilize a patented oversized sounding board that is comparable to larger uprights. As seen in the second picture, the soundboard goes all the way to the top instead of stopping 6" - 10" below. Also, this piano has a very interesting stringing method to the plate pins. It was strung in a way where each string straddles another string in the middle, instead of being looped to the next plate pin. Lastly, the bridges were surprisingly taller than typically. #AstinWeightPiano #InnovativeDesign #PianoTechnician #PianoTuner

One of my big installs this week.. Assembled and installed a grand truck for a grand piano that a local venue bought fro...
10/29/2017

One of my big installs this week.. Assembled and installed a grand truck for a grand piano that a local venue bought from my shop. Followed by an installation of a Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver system which helps to maintain and stabilize a constant climate within the piano. #GrandPiano #BaldwinPiano #GrandTruck #DamppChaser #PianoTechnician

We have 50+ acoustic pianos in all shapes, sizes, styles, colors, conditions, ages, and makes available for viewing now!...
10/05/2017

We have 50+ acoustic pianos in all shapes, sizes, styles, colors, conditions, ages, and makes available for viewing now! Come on by and have look around!

Most pianos are in original condition as received, but will be fully refurbished after selected.

-Pianos will be completely refurbished inside and out.
-Full tuning to the standard A-440 pitch.
-Full regulation of action and keys back to factory specifications.
-All broken strings, broken hammers, sticking keys etc properly remedied.

*All pianos come with a bench, FREE delivery included (within 30 miles), and FREE in home tuning after sale.*

**All pianos also come with a 5 year warranty on all parts and labor (does not include standard bi-annual tunings).**

Uprights from $688
Grands from $3,488

***NOTICE*** CALL (no text) or EMAIL our office before stopping by! We are in and out of the shop regularly, so please contact us to make an appointment so we can to be sure we're here!

910-399-3880 (no text)
[email protected]
118 S 17th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

Keywords: piano, pianos, upright piano, vertical piano, grand piano, baby grand piano, acoustic piano, Acrosonic, Aeolian, Baldwin, Bergmann, Boston, Cable-Nelson, Challen, Charles Walter, Chase Brothers, Chickering, Ellington, Everett, Hallet & Davis, Hamilton, Hancock, Howard, Kawai, Kimball, Knabe, Kohler & Campbell, Kranich & Bach, Lester, Lindeman & Sons, Mason & Hamlin, Mayer Brothers, Melville Clark, Musette, Pearl River, Rudolph Wurlitzer, Samick, Schulz, Shaw, Sohmer, Starr, Steinway & Sons, Stieff, Story & Clark, Wanamaker, Whitney, Winter, Wurlitzer, Yamaha, Young Chang

Exciting day of pianos moving in and out! One came in from Michigan and another loaded and heading to Florida. Then our ...
08/16/2017

Exciting day of pianos moving in and out! One came in from Michigan and another loaded and heading to Florida. Then our local mover delivered a baby grand and swapped two consoles at our refinisher's. Busy busy! #Pianos #PianoMoving #PianoMovers #HireProffesionals #NoIDontMissMovingThem

Had an interesting time tuning these two 'B's together for a concert last week. Conveniently, one was sharp, the other f...
07/26/2017

Had an interesting time tuning these two 'B's together for a concert last week. Conveniently, one was sharp, the other flat, and they were to be used for a Mozart Piano Concerto for Two Pianos. #Piano #PianoTuning #PianoTuner #PianoTechnician #ConcertTuning #Steinway #SteinwayAndSons #SteinwayB #SteinwayModelB #TwoPianos #Mozart #MozartConcerto #MozartPianoConcerto

Precisely putting these paper punchings properly in place. #piano #pianotechnician #pianoregulation #dippingthekeys #pal...
07/21/2017

Precisely putting these paper punchings properly in place. #piano #pianotechnician #pianoregulation #dippingthekeys #palliteration

05/04/2017

Tuned this 1923 Howard Manualo player piano today. Player has been fully rebuilt and plays well, despite the original piano action in dire need of a regulation! This video took place before I cleaned a few of those upper unisons. #playerpiano #howardplayer #pumpingplayerpiano #youaremysunshine

This bridge had "treble" making a decent sound.. After the tuning pins were loosened and the strings unhooked from the p...
04/25/2017

This bridge had "treble" making a decent sound.. After the tuning pins were loosened and the strings unhooked from the plate pins, holes were drilled right through the bridge caps. They were countersunk, and then permanent screws inserted to hold the cap to the base. Now in that area, the notes sound correct as the bridge is fully connected and properly transfers all of the vibrations to the soundboard. #pianorepairs #bridgetreble #stringvibrations

Performed a successful bridge repair in the shop today. This bass bridge was in pretty rough shape. The bridge pins move...
04/15/2017

Performed a successful bridge repair in the shop today. This bass bridge was in pretty rough shape. The bridge pins moved sideways over time in the soft wood and caused many of the notes to "buzz" against the bridge pins, instead of vibrating through the bridge.

After un-hooking the bottom of the strings from the plate, the pins were pulled from the bridge. Then the holes were filled with epoxy and allowed to dry over night. After drying, they were lightly sanded smooth with the surface of the bridge, and new holes were drilled at the original location and angle as indicated by the main indentation on the bridge surface. Then the pins were tapped back into place, strings reattached, and brought back to tension. Now, buzzes be gone!! #piano #pianoshop #pianorepair #pianobridge #capefearpianoshop @capefearpianoshop #shopwork #buzzbegone

Replaced a set of hammer flanges in a client's upright action as most of the original cords broke after 38 years of use....
02/21/2017

Replaced a set of hammer flanges in a client's upright action as most of the original cords broke after 38 years of use. It's a design flaw that for reasons unknown, is still manufactured as such today. #HammerFlanges #ActionRepairs #AnnoyingClicksBeGone

The big servicing job of the day. An 1875 Horace Waters Square Grand piano. #Waters #SquareGrand
02/16/2017

The big servicing job of the day. An 1875 Horace Waters Square Grand piano. #Waters #SquareGrand

Christmas has arrived early!! These parts should cover us a good while.. Hopefully...
12/17/2016

Christmas has arrived early!! These parts should cover us a good while.. Hopefully...

We have 30+ acoustic pianos in all shapes, sizes, styles, colors, conditions, ages, and makes available for viewing now!...
11/25/2016

We have 30+ acoustic pianos in all shapes, sizes, styles, colors, conditions, ages, and makes available for viewing now!

Most pianos are in original condition as received, but will be fully worked on after chosen.

Pianos will be completely refurbished inside and out.
Full tuning to the standard A-440 pitch.
Full regulation of action and keys back to factory specifications.
All broken strings, broken hammers, sticking keys etc properly remedied.

*All pianos come with a bench, FREE delivery included, and FREE in home tuning after sale.*

**All pianos also come with a 5 year warranty on all parts and labor (does not include standard bi-annual tunings).**

Uprights from $750
Grands from $1750

***NOTICE*** CALL (no text) or EMAIL our office before stopping by!! We are in and out of the shop irregularly, so please contact us to make an appointment so we can to be sure we're here!

910-399-3880 (no text)
[email protected]
118 S 17th St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

Keywords: piano, pianos, upright piano, vertical piano, grand piano, baby grand piano, acoustic piano, Acrosonic, Aeolian, Baldwin, Boston, Challen, Chase Brothers, Chickering, Ellington, Everett, Hallet & Davis, Hamilton, Hancock, Howard, Kawai, Kimball, Knabe, Kohler & Campbell, Kranich & Bach, Lester, Lindeman & Sons, Mason & Hamlin, Mayer Brothers, Melville Clark, Musette, Pearl River, Samick, Schulz, Shaw, Sohmer, Starr, Steinway & Sons, Stieff, Story & Clark, Wanamaker, Whitney, Winter, Wurlitzer, Yamaha

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118 S 17th St
Wilmington, NC
28401

Opening Hours

Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm

Telephone

(910) 399-3880

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Here's one final share of this. Some of you may have already seen this elsewhere so apologies for the redundancy. This was shot a couple years ago but I failed to share it. At least the shop is sliiightly more organized and presentable now..
For the Spring semester, our Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings students had the opportunity to rehearse together in small chamber ensembles, practicing at 6-feet apart and wearing face masks for safety. We couldn't have done this without the sincere generosity of these businesses: the Wilson Center, Ronald Sachs Violins , Warriors of Christ Church, and Cape Fear Piano Shop!
Wilmington Music Festival's Holiday Soirée hosted by Richard and Diane Trubia. Thank you to our wonderful hosts for their continued generosity and support! Thank you to our guest artists President and soprano, Nikoleta Rallis, Artist Director and pianist, Aza Sydykov AZA, tenor Michael Rallis and pianist Jonathan Levin. A special thank you to Brent Trubia of Cape Fear Piano Shop for his fun and informative Q+A on the piano and his spectacular performance. See you all at the 3rd annual Wilmington Music Festival February 6-9 at Beckwith Hall at UNCW! Photography: Jonathan Levin
Hi Brent, we desperately need a tune! Can you fit us in in the next couple of weeks? Thanks! Jenny Callison
Do you sell new baby grands or just refurbishe?
I love piano. I played for years. Taught many students and played for many events... weddings, church, ect. Til I had a stroke and I can no longer play...😢