Pinblocks, bridges and soundboards crack, action screws loosen causing noises and misaligned parts, and older piano strings may be excessively rusty. The thousands of wood, metal, felt and leather parts in the piano may be excessively worn, moldy or damaged by mice and insects. These are very common problems which piano owners and teachers (and many piano tuners) are not trained to look for.
The most important tool for piano inspection is a tuning wrench to check for loose tuning pins. Unfortunately, here in the Northeast it is very common for a piano to have loose tuning pins. This could indicate that the piano may not be tunable or hold a tuning for very long. Most piano owners and teachers do not own a tuning wrench or know how to use one properly.
You should have a fully qualified piano technician inspect that piano or risk buying and moving a piano that can't be tuned or one that needs $thousands to repair. My inspection fee is very reasonable and there are no additional charges for mileage or travel time anywhere within my listed service areas. I have over 26 years of experience as a piano tuner and technician. I do not have any affiliations with any piano manufacturer or dealer.
Piano Tuner and Repair Technician