Heintzman #83002 arrived at the shop showing all the signs of eighty years of use and abuse in a Toronto High School. The case, of course, was quite damaged from years of being shoved unceremoniously into walls and through double-doors.
There are no castors (wheels). they had been removed sometime previously so that the piano could be fitted with a spider dolly or tripod. The lid is off, because the hinges had been ripped off, damaging the case as well as the lid.
Some of this damage can be seen here. This might be partly moving damage. Some movers remove the lid before moving, so that when the piano is on its’ side on a skid, the lid doesn’t interfere with the skid. Others let the lid hang over the side of the skid. More than likely, it’s a combination of many moves, and 80 years of wear and tear.
The original Ivory Keytops are long gone. These are probably the third set of keytops this piano has had, judging by the large gaps between each key. These tops are made of plastic, and are discolored, chipped, and many are
The action has been very damaged. Hammers are missing, shanks are broken off, and many other action parts are broken or missing. a few keys are broken, and many have been previously broken are repaired improperly.
Many hammer shanks were found to be broken. some had been “repaired” at some point using glue and wrapped with masking tape. Some of the shanks and hammers have been moved into other positions, scavenging some of the higher notes to make the mid-range playable. The hammers are also very worn. Some of them are nearly worn flat. You may have noticed that one key is longer than the others in this picture (You can see the back of the keys on the right of the hammers covered in purple felt). This key has snapped in the middle and is wedged under the action.
At the fulcrum point in the center of each key, a Balance Rail Button embraces a pin with felt, keeping the key from wobbling side to side. As you see here, one key is broken at this point, and others have a extra piece of felt added on top of the old felt to stabilize the key (In a proper repair, the old felt would have been removed first).
At some point in its’ long life, the cracks in the soundboard were repaired. These repairs have failed partly because of age and abuse, and partly because they were probably installed in semi-humid conditions. The soundboard eventually lost humidity, and the shims became loose. The Soundboard is also loose around it’s edge.
These are just a few of this Piano’s many problems.
Here’s a video of a chromatic scale.