Would anyone be able to give me some information or advice on a John Spencer & Co. piano please? Its' serial number is 46181 which I'm guessing is roughly 1905-1910ish (I have no idea!) and it has a letter D under the name inside on the side. C522 is also marked on the frame inside but it looks handwritten. We were given the piano for free but it is very out of tune. We don't have a big budget so I'm wondering whether we can get away with just tuning it or whether it would really benefit from some restoration and how much that sort of thing costs (again, I have no idea). I can't tell what type of wood it is or what the keys are made of but they are not ivory. Some of the keys are chipped. I've tried to add photos but technology fails me! Could anyone help please? Many thanks
Recent changes in software on this website have made it more difficult to attach photos, it is not your failure, and Chris's description goes over my head! If you put the photos in your Pictures folder you should be able to attach them from here.
With regard to tuning and repairs, we can't advise you from here, you need to bring in a local tuner to assess the job, and with a piano of that age, there is no guarantee that it will even hold in tune, especially if it has been in the sun, or next to a radiator.
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