I recently was called to a piano that was 300 cents flat (more probably). It had been untouched for who knows how long and sustained several moves and one included across the Atlantic. Here are some pics [img]http://PD
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Piano 2[/img]; (Tell me something about the mechanism (zoom it) of stringer steel rods running vertically with flanges top and bottom...I haven't run into this style before....what can you tell me about it?)
Such a nice piano really but neglected to the point that a house visit was not going to do it. In fact, it was beyond me in terms of I went there to do as went there to (considerable drive) to tune and do regular repairs and maintenance, you know, the normal procedure. But this was far gone from top to bottom and it's just because of neglect. Of course, anything can be fixed and "lubed" back into production but this one I passed on it with frustration, frankly. I have know one to complain to but you so this is why I'm writing it out I guess.
The point I'm making I think, apart from truly wanting to know something about the queer mechanism of the action in the piano with images hopefully showing up, is the fact of why do people neglect their pianos so badly, first of all, and then, out of the blue want to "make it play now". Also, why do people buy or get freely these old clunkers without any getting any advice on the fatigued old heavy-weight and expect a tech to perform a miracle and restore what they have worked so hard to land in their living room. The strings are rusty, half the keys stick, on-and-on....but also to ask you how you feel as a tech going to a home and seeing such a predicament as I've tried to explain.
It is true and worth pointing out that some of these old-beaters tune up and respond to treatment very well or at least "well-enough" to satisfy customer and self but when I go to a home and see these old fellers and the delipidated condition I think man if I'd only known I would not be here right now.
Granted, I'm all over the place with this post but I'm sitting here thinking "I wonder how others approach this problem?" so I'm asking. When you come to a piano like this what is your initial reaction? Are you anticipating this type of piano and therefore "preparing" to walk back out the door soon or do you view it as a challenge and eagerly approach it as such? I don't know about you but being called to a "good" piano is becoming something that doesn't happen as frequently as it once did it seems to me and it's maddening.