Some history and info about the piano: 1920's Baldwin baby grand, in a town in Nevada that is almost a ghost town (1 school, 1 post office, 1 civilian business, a bar). VERY poor.
Was in the school for many years, tuned once every 3-5 years, not used much, then relegated to the town fire house (unheated, not tuned for 15 years, oftentimes -25 degrees f). THEN given to the community church (congregation of 12, no bathroom in building, no heat during winter, often 120 degrees f in summer). They asked me to tune it. Got there, both front legs are broken off from the frame of the piano, laying to one side. Rear leg on a stage truck, front held up by pedal harp in the middle, the treble corner of the piano sitting on the bench with a big sign on it "Do not touch piano"!!!!!
Checking a few notes that I can reach, it is about 1 full semitone flat. Rusty strings, mouse droppings, GOOD GRIEF!
I tuned the little spinet across the room after going down to the post office to discuss the situation with the contact person who wanted to know what I would charge to 'fix' the grand.
I told her is was FAR from worth repairing.
What was YOUR worst piano lately?
Oh yes, did I mention that it was 18 miles off the beaten path each way?? They paid in advance, so I had to do SOMETHING!
Edited by Dennis Kelvie (08/09/13 04:40 PM)
Dennis C. Kelvie
Piano Tuner/Technician since 1976