$40 to the owner, $40 to a guy with a truck and pads,
and $5 to the teenage kid next door when we got to my
house! Grand total: $85.
If you are in your mid 40's, don't try moving a piano!
Hire the professionals!
Ok, keys all in very good condition, no cracks in the bridge
or soundboard or plate.
One string of Middle C is not properly pushing against
the pressure bar, and is instead rattling badly against
it, sounding like a very bad sizzle (this may be the reason the owner didn't like the piano anymore). The rattling goes away completely when I jam a mute between the strings: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drslick/sets/72157639282526875/
So I know I could just jam a piece of felt in between
the strings and be done with it, but I know that's
probably not the professional method. But if you take
a turn out of the coils so there is proper pressure,
you will not have the proper 3 turns on the tuning pin
anymore. What would you pros recommend?
Another issue: As you can see in the pics, a couple
of the hammers miss the 3rd string. It doesn't appear
I can adjust the hammer angle with a screwdriver. Do
I have to remove the action to fix this, or can I use
a lighter to heat up the shafts, and bend them that way?
I should probably remove the action just for the
experience, but I mainly got this piano as a testbed
for different tunings.
The string grooves in the felt don't look too bad. It
doesn't look like the piano was played too much for a
1978 model, and most of the wear is in the upper and middle octaves. Should I reshape the hammers just for the experience?
I retrospect, I'm glad I didn't get the Knabe, even
though it would have sounded much better and would have
been easier to work on, because otherwise I would be
spending lots of time gluing new key tops on almost all the
white keys. If he still has that one later, I might
try it, but this piano is better to ease me into the
Thanks to all the pros for any advice...