You would fall over in your chair if you saw how many people just give up on perfectly good instruments because one person said it was no good. I would say out of the number of pianos that I have in the shop and warehouse which is over 500 that 95% came in on the premise that they were no good or told by someone they were no longer any good or worthless. When in reality with a little sweat equity over 80% of those are fine. People today seem to want instant results period and that is where the trouble begins
One example was a restored 1871 Steinweg - Grotian 7 foot grand piano, very ornate. The owners were told on multiple visits that the piano had a cracked soundboard and was junk. It had a buzz and it needed to go to the dump... NOW !
I got the call and drove 800 something miles to pick it up, looked at the invoices for the inspections when I got back. There were 6 inspections over a two year spanse of time and each one said cracked soundboard. Kind of hard to swallow after they spent 20 grand on a total restoration. I got it off the board and on it's legs put the lights on it and nothing, no cracks.
It did have a nasty buzz though so we blew it out with compressed air and when we did that I noticed a shiny thing back stuck under the plate, what was it? Why it was a large paperclip, like the office type with the two pointy ears. So that was it, the cause was corrected and now that piano that was dump bound is now sitting in Patrick Carneys living room, drummer and producer for the Black Keys band.
I'm not saying that this happens every time but everyone seems to be heck bent these days on steering people towards new, dust and dirt free pianos and not just pianos but everything in general. Perhaps take a little more time and relax more is the answer.
If you want to see another one of those Hobart Cable pianos I have one on my website that was restored. Its book matched Cherry 1914 year model, should give you greater inspiration to keep yours.
Nashville Piano Rescue