My cousin used to work at Antone's, a famous blues club in Austin. This was the house piano there for years - from when it opened to around 2007. Every time someone went through there and played piano, it was this piano. So Pinetop Perkins played solo blues piano for years at a weekly gig there. Stevie Ray Vaughn and Gary Clark Jr were among other heavy dudes who played it.
When Antone's moved they were going to throw this piano out. My cousin couldn't bear to see it thrown out, so he took this piano into his house despite no-one in the family playing piano. His daughter would bang on it, but when they decided to move 2000 miles to California, he couldn't bring it and called me up because he wanted it to go to a good home and he knows about my love for old instruments.
Piano movers were too expensive, so my father and I flew out, rented a 16 foot panel truck, loaded this thing onto dollies, wheeled it up the ramp on the back, and over the course of a week drove it from Austin to Brooklyn. We took our time, stopped at hotels, opened up the truck doors and I would play the piano in the parking lots. It was a great father-son bonding experience - two guys who've never moved a piano before - hilarity ensued.
It took a long time to get the tuning stabilized, but we got there after several tunings and pin tightening treatments, thanks to Orpheus Piano Co. Now it lives in my studio in Brooklyn at Restoration Sound - it plays like a piano despite us banging it half-way across the country in a truck with bad shocks. Any time we use a piano, it's this one. Probably over 50 projects since we moved it in. It's featured on the new Jazz Assassins record - it's perfect for that world of music from 1909 to 1955. No other piano in a professional studio does the honky tonk thing this authentically. No one has the patience for a funky old 1921 Gulbransen Vertigrand.