Every story has a part II, so as the saga continues here is the next part of my dilemma:
Daughter-in-law has a piano she wants kept in the family, just not at her house. I would prefer to have the piano over the organ primary b/c it is important to Kelly and I like the wood finish on the piano vs the painted black console of the organ.
My thought was how hard can it be to fine a tuner type person and trade (barter) the organ for a fix up on the piano. Let me tell you it is harder than one thinks. Evidently organ and piano are two different worlds.
I called a local, found in the phone book piano place and inquired if any techs might be interested in the Hammond for service on the piano. The person I spoke with was very nice and took my info, the brand etc on the organ. I called back a couple of days later to update the gal with info on the piano.
I was informed that none of her guys were interested, in fact they don't even service my 'brand' of piano. She was nice enough to give me a number to a guywho does elec/tech stuff on organs. I asked if she knew anyone who did pianos and was told "NO NOT" to my brand.
Here's the funny part of the story and why I am writing this post. When I called Jerry Pettijohnabout the organ, he immediately knew a great guy to ask about the piano. Don't you just love how asking the right questions even to the wrong person leads to finding the answer you need.
While talking with Jerry about my 'needs', I took time to Google his referral. Steve Olson, is semi-retired from sales but is totally into piano restoration, rebuilding and refinishing. He will even move one for you if you ask nice. He is not in the phone book! Here is where I get to help the "non-store brand" piano owners in Springfield- instead of being told by the brick and mortar that you need to upgrade- call Steve Olson- 417-619-4523 and see if he can't help you bring your baby back to life.
One more reason that I am taking the time to jot this down about Steve is that he took the time to give me the pros and cons of working on the piano. He also was able to give me a ball park (I call it a guess-ta-ment) on cost to tune. As soon as I figure out how to get the room re-arranged and the piano on an inside wall, Steve is getting my call. I can't wait to meet him in person.
You can bet I will be showing off pictures of my new KEY BANGER, hopefully pretty soon.- be good cw