After a few months of frequent tunings and repairs, it was decided that some real work needed to be done to make this piano reliably playable. One could certainly argue that a complete rebuild could be done to bring the piano up to a good standard. But that was not in anyone's budget!
Looking at the piano in its current condition and at the list of recurring problems it was decided that new strings and tuning pins would be the best improvement. A good cleaning and regulation of the action was included.
Once school was out for the summer, work would commence!
This Weber BB grand, built in 1918, was found to be in sad shape. Located in a high school auditorium in the Boston area, it hadn't been used or tuned for many, many years. A new administration and new music teacher wanted to get it playing again. This turned out to be a much larger project than expected but the results will bring new life back to this tired instrument. This will be an instrument the students will look forward to playing.
The first steps with this piano were to bring the piano to pitch and to some sort of working condition. The first tunings were rough with a major pitch correction. Tuning pins were all over the place in their ability to hold tension - some were tight, some were loose. After a couple of months of tuning, the piano was starting to hold and sound better.
I should correct something. The first steps with this piano was not tuning but cleaning. OMG! It was unbelievably dirty. Almost Haz-Mat dirty. All sorts of trash was found in the piano and a number of drinks had been spilt in it over the years. Part of the lid is missing so there is no protection from dirt, dust and the naughtiness of kids. Fortunately, no vermin! (Another piano was trashed due to extensive damage from neglect, vandalism and vermin.)
A major clean and tunings though got this piano to a point where the teacher was using it regularly. Something not done in the school in 20 years! Yay!