I have researched this question with no results. All I find are tutorials on cleaning pianos, but nothing about the effect dirt and dust have on a piano.
I have a Symphonic baby grand piano made in 1912, and the insides look a little dirty. Could dust or dirt affect the sound of the piano, or even the action of the keys? I notice the bass keys are much harder to press than the treble keys (I know this is normal for grands, but the difference on this piano seems abnormal), and I'm not sure if dirt can cause that. Could it also affect the dampers, making them take longer to mute the strings?
Basically, what effect does dirt and dust on the insides have on the piano sound, action, and functionality, if any at all? Any answers to this question are greatly appreciated!