This used piano
(popularly known as "Basket Case") is wanted in connection with a
number of cases of blatant consumer fraud. A master of disguise,
this "Basket Case" and others like it lure unwitting piano buyers with
their good looks only to reveal that they are useless as pianos.
What makes a Basket Case more difficult to detect is ignorance on the
part of the seller. The innocent owners might ask, say, $1200 for it in
a newspaper ad, and some bargain-hunters will bite, thinking it's
better than the $900 piano they just saw in a different home. The
sellers, not being piano technicians, can have no idea that the piano
is literally falling apart internally!
In a more
deplorable situation, the dealer or owner knows full well of the
piano's problems, but they also know that "looks sell!" All they do is
say "isn't it beautiful?" ...until they deposit your check! Suddenly
you're stuck with a very pretty piano that might not be playable or
able stay in tune for more than a few days. That's hardly the kind of
instrument that a child OR an adult should learn to play on...
buyers everywhere have been duped by "Basket Case" and its ring of
nice-looking, and sometimes even good-sounding (while they're for sale,
anyway) pianos! Click on the thumbnails for pictures and descriptions
of what lurks beneath the mask of this used piano's dangerously
WARNING: due to the sinister nature of the deception, parental
discretion is advised!
Click on the
pictures below for close-up's and descriptions!