O'Briain Pianos aims to be an environmentally friendly business. When we restore a piano, it is often played and admired for centuries, with much greater longevity than a classic car for example.We have restored some very old pianos, including more recently an 1815-1824 Astor & Horwood Square Piano, which will no doubt be around for many more years to come, never going back into the environment as waste.
Even when a piano can no longer be played or restored, due to age and wear, it can either be left where it stands as part of the household furniture, or broken down for parts to be re-used in rebuilding similar pianos from the same period. We use very little water or electricity, much of the work is done outdoors, just one bottle of French polish is used for up to fifteen pianos. The restoration process takes only a small amount of materials from the environment and helps sustain the continued use of those same raw materials.
Recycling and restoration go hand in hand and we pride our business on actively maintaining conscious work practices that help protect the world we live in. Sustainability is the ability to exist and develop without depleting natural resources for the future. At O'Briain Pianos we restore in a way that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.