MMD has run piano horror stories; thought you might like a Polyphon
"An innocent 19-5/8 inch Polyphon Model 104, brought right up-to-date
-- 1960s style. Covered in horizontal wood-grain laminate with a
tasteful gilt edged knob. An interesting recessed base, cleverly
designed as a kickboard, and with useful ball castors. Most of the
dust-catching Victorian gingerbread has been stripped and of course
the old-fashioned clockwork motor has been discreetly hidden from view
by a solid wooden cover."
The Polyphon recently became the property of a friend here; fortunately
it didn't cost him any real money. I was so horrified when I saw the
photo that I thought other enthusiasts might like it. This animal
surfaced recently in New Zealand.
[ See the photo at http://mmd.foxtail.com/Pictures/ -- Robbie