First post, but I've been reading quite a bit.
I found the forum after my brother in law gave me an old piano that was stored in his barn. It really isn't worth repair, having many keytops missing, broken hammer shanks, peeling veneer, etc, so it will probably see the burn pile. But it has put me in the mood to learn to play better, ie with both hands. It's only fitting that I come back to the first instrument I learned music on. (My mom bought a piano when I was very young and showed me a few things.) While she still has that old piano, I never really felt any connection to it and decided that what I wanted was something with local history. That settled that, I was getting a Packard, built in my hometown. The problem turned out to be that there are very very few for sale on Craigslist. A grand or two, but I have no room for one. There was one that looked like it was in a storage unit, but seemed iffy. A Bond (Packard second line) two hours away... I almost gave up and took a Story and Clark, but I couldn't make it happen before someone else picked it up. Then there was a Krakauer grand for $250. Like I said, unless it goes in the garage or it replaces the dining room table I just don't have room. I'd rather not take a fine piano and subject it to spilled milk and smeared food.
After thinking about it for awhile, I remembered the buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook. So I looked... And there was this Packard upright. A few keytops missing but no water stains from plants or drinks, the inside looked a little dusty but complete. It came with a music light, metronome, bench and music.
Once loaded, I had to be careful driving home because there was nothing to strap the piano to since I used my car trailer. I had blocked the wheels and strapped it down, but still. Anyway, we made it home without incident, unloaded and set up in my house. I haven't had time to check the tuning yet, but it sounds better than that other piano I have.
I've been reading the Albert's threads and will pick up book one on my next day off. I'll have pictures up hen I figure out how to upload them.