I recently tuned a piano which had been ‘rescued’ by its current owner after it had been dumped outside its old home and left for a couple of days when it was no longer wanted.
Apart from broken hinges on the music desk, the piano was fine. He moved it in and cleaned it up thoroughly. It hadn’t been tuned for a long time, but it tuned well, and I was able to tune it to Concert Pitch (A = 440hz). The owner now has a nice instrument for his son to practice on.
The moral of this story is: don’t scrap or throw out an old or unused piano. With a little TLC, it can be either given or sold on to benefit a budding musician – young or old!!