While we all dislike spinets and sound so much like crap even after we tune them, what about failed console pianos?
We have at least 3 Everett consoles from the 70's that now have split pinblocks! I would gladly give them for this kind of thing, but we're doomed to send them to the Surplus dept, and they try to sell, or send to the state auction thing. I don't know how that works. I pity the fool who buys one for next to nothing by the time it gets there. I can't take to the dump, sadly. Nothing more expensive than a free piano!
What do you CAUTS do with worn out pianos? I asked the Dean to put one out in the parking lot for one of the fraternal organizations to raise money with a whack o mole for $5 a swing, but he said we can't do it. It's sad. Somebody is going to buy these pianos that are worthless and then call a tech to come tell them it needs a whole rebuild! If they call me, I won't go.
We have a trusted mover/Steinway dealer who we have had close business relations for over 35 years. They do all our piano movings. They are also big big donors to our Southeast Piano Festival we host every June.
As far as old pianos go, indeed, these Everett consoles are toast as my trusted associate has told me. We don't have time or money to save these old beasts. They weren't that great to begin with, but the pinblocks are indeed split and also separated from the frame, and we will not spend the funds to rebuild. The costs are not worth the investments.
We do indeed send information on such instruments when sending them to the Surplus dept. Nothing is more expensive than a $100 piano!
Hi Paul,Ed's advice is worth the effort but should it fail, place a note (inside and outside the piano) that states its condition and what needs to be repaired. I worked at a private school and did not have the restrictions of state school rules. Nonetheless, when we sold old pianos I placed notes on the them just to keep me and the school free of any liability.