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!