We got to play on it tonight. We know of the person who has worked on the instrument. He says the soundboard looks fine and everything. There seems to be a slight problem with the foot pedal, but once that's fixed and it's in tune, she said it should play like a brand new one. Might be a bit of expense before it's all said and done, but it'll be worth it I think. I enjoyed playing on it tonight. I don't know what drew me to it, but something said it was mine, even though it was old.
The finish is Walnut. Seems to have a few scratches, but I don't know if we'll refinish it up with anything. I'm wanting to preserve the antique as much as possible.
Part of the reason it was dirt cheap is because the lady selling it is moving to assisted living, so she couldn't bring her piano with her. She said some people don't like to look at old pianos, which is understandable, but if you think of the story called The Touch of the Master's Hand, it seems sort of odd. There is a great dynamic range on the piano. I have a lot of work to do if I want to do all of these things for it.
Here's the link to that story. Just because I like it.