Saturday, October 20, 2012
I've been playing phone tag with an out of town restaurateur. First it was someone calling on his behalf. They left his cell number. I called it and left a message. Later yesterday, I had a message on my machine from the person. I called back this morning and got voice mail...again. This time though, within 5 minutes, said restaurateur called back. He wants to sell the piano.
The short of it is that I volunteered to do a free (it's kinda local), quick check, prior to this piano being offered for sale, of a year old tuning that had been done by someone else. I ran over to the restaurant before it opened today. Yep, very out of tune. Double checked tuning pin torque on some of the more offensive notes. All fine with that. Got back home and called the restaurateur with the promised report.
It went like this...
Me: The piano needs tuning. It's totally up to you whether you want to tune prior to selling it or if you want to explain that you've had it looked at and all is satisfactory for tuning after moving to a new location. (it'll have to be tuned then anyway.) As I said before, my tuning fee is $$$$.
Him: Would you tune it for a small cash payment plus gift certificates for a couple dinners?
Me: No, I'm sorry, I don't do that. (Honestly, I'd be rich in food coupons, play tickets, etc. but unable to pay my electrical bill or put gas in my car.)
Not going to tune.
Afterthought.....I tune at a lot of churches. I can see the offer now....we can pay you a portion of your fee in cash and offer the balance in the promise of salvation!