And not helping with the horror, Ivers and Pond made absolutely superb instruments before they failed and Aeolian got hold of the name, putting it on their worst most miserable products and running it till it dropped.
I remember a console with a very strange sound on A0. Looking into it before my customer bought it (I had checked it out for her, which made a good comedy sketch I should someday write down), I found that the wire had made a beeline from the hitch pin directly to the upper bridge, not even saluting the two bridge pins in the process, just going right in between them.
Ah, yes, the "Grand" spinet. When I tuned one, I saw a decal on case saying "Artist Console." I called it "Lying Bastard."
<grin> Well, you see, there was this really bad day, and my customer's mother-in-law was visiting, and she plays forthe?? Chicago opera's vocal coaches ,,,, and ,,,, and
Well, she kept trying to play note 44, and then she got so mad that they went out for lunch ,,,, so, while they were gone I managed to get the action out without breaking off a hammer like I did that other time, and they were about to get back, so what the hay! Note 1 worked .....
now it doesn't, but who plays it anyway?
Maybe it was the paper clip wedged in there?