Back in the 1960s, I became friendly with a family who had a house full
of antiques. Among them was a lovely square grand. I no longer have
any idea as to what maker, but it was a well recognized major name.
The scion of the family and I attended an antique show and came across
a beautiful little pump organ. Although much smaller than the piano,
it had the same style rosewood case with a sort of ribbon molding
around the edge, etc. It was not terribly expensive, so we purchased
it as a proposed Christmas gift for my friend's mother. This prompted
me to suggest that the piano ought to be restored, as the organ was in
good working condition.
I called a friend who was a piano technician. He came by and commented
that there was a trick to removing the keyboard. There certainly was
-- he removed some screws and gave a tug on the keyboard, which was
supposed to just slide out like pulling out a drawer.
"Supposed to," but it didn't: it broke off every hammer and did all kinds
of damage to the action. End of restoration.
I believe the end result was just one more beautiful looking rosewood
piano turned into a somewhat interesting writing desk.