I agree to come out and evaluate it for $100. When I get there I confirm that, although the cabinet is ornate, the instrument is junk, and that the cost of repair would exceed by far the cost of a new piano.
About three weeks later, I get a call from another person, who says she’s just bought a really nice used piano, paid $300 to have it delivered, and now needs it tuned. We schedule the tuning, and when my technician gets there, he finds that the piano can’t be tuned — the tuning pins are loose and the piano is unrepairable. When he describes the piano to me, I realize it’s the same one I “condemned” a few weeks ago!
About a month later, I get a call from the music director of a small church half a mile from our store. One of their parishioners has donated a beautiful antique piano, and they need it tuned and some “minor” repairs made. You can guess what we found when we got there!!! The move cost them $275.
When I explain that the piano is junk, the music director tells me it’s no problem — they’ll have the pastor offer to sell it after the Sunday sermon, for the same $275, “on a first-come, first-served basis.”
I bite my tongue and just say that I’m sorry I’m not able to give them better news.
You’d think a church would know when to administer “last rites,” ’cause that’s what this piano needed!
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