Externally, the piano looks ok and I feel I can finish that off myself eventually but I feel I've got completely out of my depth. I've had a go at re-bushing keys and unsuccessfully trying to balance keys and am getting a bit of ear-ache from the girlfriend to hurrry up with it so googled piano restorers and emailed a few that were fairly close to me location-wise.
All came back with quotes of around £1500 to level the keys, completely overhaul the action, re-string and transport it. Externally, the piano looks ok and I feel I can finish that off myself eventually but one quote did say that if its £1500, then realistically, I could get a cheap new or decent 2nd hand piano for not much more.
So is it worth doing or should I just put it towards a new one?
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I think you already know what you should do with your Chappell..but you have difficulty saying the words...!
There's a date a the beginning of November that you should certainly bear in mind.... It would perhaps be a fitting memorial to your piano and all efforts so far. Out with the old...in with the new !
A number of years ago I was called to a house to asses / value an old piano... I was thinking of a most plesant way of passing on my opinion of the piano to the client. I finally decided to tell her " That the piano is an absolute treasure" to which her face lit up.....On seeing her expression I continued " and like all treasure, this should be buried at the bottom of the sea " I took a few moments as she realised what I was saying. ( it brightened up an ordinary day )
p.s. enjoy the fireworks.
Value in actual cash aside, '20s Chappells can be extraordinarily good, although this one sounds as if it could be a bit too far gone.
The opinion above is purely that of PianoGuy and is simply the opinion of one person ....
If you're buying a piano, try as many as you can and buy the one you like, not a similar one of the same type.