Anna: After almost 4 years and a side trip to the east coast, we have finally been reunited with our piano!
The movers had one heck of a time getting it up the stairs to our door. It took six guys, and they were all huffing and puffing by the time it was over. An upright grand is considerably bigger and heavier than a regular upright.
And here it is, half opened up. The front panel under the keyboard comes off, too. If you click on the photo for full size, you can see a problem.
Over on the left, lying above the keyboard, is one of the hammers. As soon as everything we settled in, one of my daughters started running through the keys and discovered there was no sound coming from a B flat key. We opened it up to look, and my other daughter found the hammer lying inside.
I called the owner back soon after we discovered this. When they checked the piano over before picking it up, no one opened it up to look inside. It was wrapped with padding and straps the entire time it was in the truck, so it's hard to know when or how it broke. I'm currently waiting to verify that it wasn't broken before they picked it up. It seems a strange place for a hammer to break - it's the 14th key from the end - but I wouldn't know one way or the other.
Still, it's good to finally have it with us. There's a lot of history connected with this piano. We just have to find someone who can fix it for us.
Now I have to go digging into the storage closet and bring out my old music books. :-D