When did you last take the back off your piano?

It must have been the E-flat that didn’t sound right.

Checking over a Broadwood upright for a community group in Shropshire, an unnamed tuner took off the back and was dazzled by a stash of gold coins.

Who owns the hoard is now a matter for the local coroner. The piano was sold in 1906 by a music shop in Saffron Walden, Essex. No-one knows where it went until 1983, when it was bought by a Shropshire family after a house clearance.

If the original owner of the gold coins cannot be traced, the piano tuner will have the strongest claim in law.

When did you last take the back off your piano?

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