About six months ago, I acquired a Chickering grand with some issues but a lot of promise. Originally built in 1921, it had a beautiful finish on the case and a pretty nice tone. At some point, cosmetic work had been done to make it look nice. However, the soundboard had some issues and the original action was worn out and showing the effects of nearly 100 years of being played.
One of the really fun features of the piano was that it had been built as a player piano. The double legs in the front gave it away!. The original piano roll player was long gone and had been replaced with a QRS player system.
The plan for this piano is to repair and refinish the soundboard, replace the old action with a new, WNG action, new hammers and upgrade the QRS system to the newest PNOmation3 system.