Ok, just took a look at this one. It was 4' 10".
Boy, what a piece of ****! I was afraid to touch
it, as one of the three legs was barely attached!
Cracked soundboard, of course, but not as bad as I would expect from the age. Hammer's weren't too bad, so I would guess someone replaced them at some point, but the
dampers were in awful condition. The sustain pedal rod was there, and she found the other two rods in pieces, but they look easy enough to fabricate from stock brass rod. One string was missing, and at least one of the hammer shanks was wired together.
So I would guess it would be a perfect beater piano for a newbie tech like me to fix up. I would have to replace all the dampers, almost for sure, and the hammers could be reshaped. The action was horrible too, with some tri-chord hammers hitting only 1 or 2 strings, and that would be good regulation practice. I would probably have to do some serious cabinetry to get that third leg to attach solidly again, and to repaint the peeling white paint on the back. And of course, it was horrendously out of tune.
Poor lady was asking $750 at first, and lowered her price to
I didn't have the heart to tell her she'd be lucky to be able to give it away for free.
I might offer her $50, as she was a very nice lady. But it will cost me at least around $70-80 to move this thing.
If she says no, I won't consider it a big loss not to get this P.S.O.P.O.S.