A few months back Brett Karnes, Goodwill’s facilities manager, was walking through the WearHouse at 72nd and F Street. As he was heading to the back, another employee was wheeling a piano into the back. It had been on the retail floor for two weeks with no takers. Brett looked at it and was surprised to find it was a player piano. There was one hitch – it didn’t work. That didn’t stop Brett and he bought the piano for $50.
In doing research, he found out it was a 1929 Wurlitzer player piano. The varnish was cracked, so Brett stripped the piano and refinished it. The harder part was going to be fixing the inside. Brett found an older gentleman in Lincoln who gave him a users manuals and some tips on how to re-key and fix the piano.
Brett’s hard work paid off and he now has a beautiful player piano that he can treasure for years to come.