I'd posted here before for advice on a piano shell, and I found one!
speaking of which, anyone recommend a piano mover in the MD/PA area to help move this heavy *bleep*-er?
It hits the right marks. It's clean enough, modern-era enough to have 88 keys and three pedals too; has the carved rosewood I love; it's a larger grand so the work is justifiable.
The seller says it was worked on 10 years ago at received new strings at the least;
the price was very good, so it didn't really matter whether it actually was or wasn't-- I'm prepared to restring, replace a pinblock, whatever it turns out needing once I have a chance to look over in detail.
I'm doing this in large part to really learn to work on pianos
But also have a good playable keeper when I'm all done. I've reached out to two local technicians with rebuilding expertise for help when it comes to the parts that cannot be fudged; I'm anticipating a couple years of hours on weekends to be realistic. Reblitz's book is arriving this week, for starters. I'm really excited! I'm going to start by learning to regulate action, and refinishing the case --that bit, I know how to do already. The refinishing bit. not the action-regulating bit. I just figure the action is more forgiving to start with-- once I start digging into the guts of the case it's game-on and I'll want to start and finish soundboard+bridge+pinblock+strings (if needed! may not be) within a finite scheduled period of a few months' time not have it laying about in pieces for years until I start losing parts.
One of the shells I'd considered --not this one-- ended up being a dud: it had been extensively worked on by a flipper back in 1992, so the sellers were trying to get more money due to that. But when I had it looked at, all the work done was either partial or poor. E.g., keys recapped but sloppy enough I could tell from a photo. moniker reapplied but not authentic (right manufacturer's name, but wrong city haha). just part of the bridge recapped. Basically given the work that was visible was questionable, then the other covered work (pinblock, soundboard shimming) becomes suspect... and the sellers were pricing it like a restored piano despite the likely need to have it all done over again. I was advised to avoid it doubly so because the technician I'm talking with explained to me, rebuilding is to a huge extent patern matching the original parts: therefore if I'm re-restoring a bad restore it's a copy of a bad copy of the original.