Welcome to the Counting to 100 Pianos series. I am blogging my way through tuning my first 100 pianos. For previous pianos, check out these:
Piano #4 was a small Estey piano (probably considered a spinet, not constructed in the usual spinet way). The Bluebook of Pianos (yes there is such a thing!) has high praise for these pianos:
Estey grands, period grands, reproducing grands, pianos and player pianos are manufactured by The Estey Piano Company, an old established and distinguished house of high standing throughout the trade. These instruments are well and favorably known in practically every corner of the earth, Estey being one of the best-known musical names in the world. The pianos represent the highest grade of construction throughout, and have been endorsed by numerous prominent musicians for their wonderful tone quality. Source
This particular one was made between 1960 and 1965 and still was in decent shape. Playing your piano often is one of the best things you can do for it (other than getting it tuned and keeping it away from water and heat). It belongs to a family friend, and I tuned it for free while chatting (mostly listening to my mother and this friend chat) and enjoying grandparent babysitting in return. It was a fun way to tune a piano, although not quite as productive or easy to hear. I essentially did a pitch raise in the middle because it was roughly a 1/4 step too low. (Music lesson: The distance between any two consecutive notes is described as a 1/2 step, so a 1/4 step would be in between those two pitches.) When I was all done it sounded much better across the whole piano! I hope to go back eventually and see how well the tuning held.