A friend called me up one time to come fix and tune his 1920’s (perhaps earlier) piano, so I did. In the process of getting it ship-shape he kept hinting that because the piano was older it was worth a lot of money. He, obviously, forgot the fact that he had received the piano “free”. All he had to do is go and pick it up.
I knew I would have to break the news to him gently that unless there has been a major overhaul done to his piano (which there was not) it was not worth very much on the market. It actually was just “old” and all the thousands of parts in it, big and small and even the tiny parts, are all as “old” as the piano itself (when you think about it). Worse than that they are ALL “fatigued”.
Now how do you tell anyone, let alone a friend, that bad news.
A Closer Look