This sounds like an English piano with a "birdcage" action. They are
always in beautiful cabinets, but the insides of these pianos are
disasters; usually with loose tuning pins, and almost impossible to tune
and regulate because of the location of the damper wires in *front* of
the action. It's best to avoid these if you want a playable musical
instrument. As a piece of furniture they are great -- maybe it could be
converted into a unique piano roll cabinet!
[ Editors note:
[ In my opinion the "birdcage" damper mechanism is only a nuisance,
[ which must be removed before servicing other components. The
[ main problem is the wood frame -- these pianos were built without
[ the usual cast-iron plate to support the tension of the strings,
[ and so there's little tuning-stability. The old "birdcages" I
[ heard in England sounded rather nice, actually, when freshly tuned.
[ MMDer Brian Thornton once worked in a Midwest shop which imported
[ antique British "birdcage" pianos, threw out the piano guts, and
[ mounted a new piano inside the old case. Brian had foresight, too:
[ he salvaged the old (spruce?) sounding-board wood !
[ -- Robbie