Pianos are somewhat like a house - what if you found a 50 to 95 year old house with all its original parts; windows, doors, roof, siding, interior, exterior.
Sure, it's a good house, but it probably is going to need some work to get it ready to live in. Sometimes, it takes a little, sometimes, it is a lost cause, depending of the quality of the building, the way its weathered its climate, and the way it has been used/abused and cared for.
Same with pianos!
Most of us know we never do everything we are supposed with the house or the piano, primarily because life happens (thank goodness!).
So when you see that free piano or you are inheriting the family piano, before you spend money and resource to move it in and have a technician check it out, why don't you have a technician check it out first to see if what it needs and if it will work for you, then spend some money and resource to move it in your home. church or school!
If you are just beginning to look for a good used piano, here's the best guide I know - there's no sense in writing it all out here, so grab your favorite beverage, go the the site below, and start reading toward the bottom of the page. I find this just good old common sense that works...
A Piano Buyer's Guide
Within the next month, I will have a couple of Yamaha uprights available for sale, and a very nice Wurlitzer console for sale or for rent. They are currently in the process of being cleaned, with the action being fully regulated and refurbished.
Watch here for the details!
Notes From the Piano Bench
Questions and Answers and updated factoids concerning pianos in the 21st Century.