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Sun Hat

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Taking a piano apart for scrap
« on: January 21, 2018, 06:24:57 PM »
I'm helping my mom out with a bunch of chores around her house. One item on the list is getting rid of her piano. She bought it used 10-15 years ago and it's never worked to her satisfaction. Apparently it needs repairs beyond tuning and they'd cost much more than the thing is worth. Since it's of no real value, I feel badly about giving it away or selling it to people wanting a piano to play.

But the wood is really lovely, which has me thinking about the possibility of removing the super-heavy harp and salvaging the wood. Have any of you ever tried this? Is this something that one person can do? I've seen some videos, but none seem interested in salvaging the wood, so I figure that I'd ask this thrifty crowd for tips.
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Re: Taking a piano apart for scrap
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2018, 06:38:31 PM »
I've never dealt with it, but if you google "piano salvage" or "piano recycling" you get a lot of hits!

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Re: Taking a piano apart for scrap
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2018, 08:42:54 PM »
I'm a pianist. Please please please be careful when dealing with the strings. DO NOT TRY TO CUT THEM. They are under intense pressure and could very well cause injury if you break them and it recoils back to you.

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Re: Taking a piano apart for scrap
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2018, 05:41:12 AM »
I did it with on old upright. The hardest part was getting the harp into my truck to haul off. It was surprisingly heavy. As adamR18 notes the strings can be pretty tight but there is really no reason to remove them.

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Re: Taking a piano apart for scrap
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2018, 05:57:18 AM »
Go to ebay and see what piano parts people are selling. You might be able to sell the pedals and other stuff and make some moola!

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Re: Taking a piano apart for scrap
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2018, 06:38:11 AM »
Thanks for the ideas!
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Re: Taking a piano apart for scrap
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2018, 12:18:37 PM »
If you have a visually beautiful piano but the expensive guts inside are broken and not cost effective to repair, you might also consider replacing the innards with an electronic keyboard and speakers. There are many models that have weights that are similar (but alas not exactly) like playing an acoustic instrument.

It would be a much bigger project, but might be fun.

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Re: Taking a piano apart for scrap
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2018, 01:05:18 PM »
What would you want to do with the wood?

I'm big on recycling but would be tossing all the metal on my trailer with other metal scrap and wood into my wood furnace. 

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Re: Taking a piano apart for scrap
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2018, 09:06:34 AM »
I had thought of making a bookshelf out of the wood.

However, it seems that the piano is fine and just needs to be tuned, so I'll be giving it to friends. I should have known better than to take the word of my mother's spendypants husband who thinks that the only solution to any problem is lots and lots of money.

I'm loath to dismantle a working piano for the wood, as I'm a fairly bad carpenter and the recipient is likely to get more joy from playing it than I would in making a shoddy shelf. 
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Re: Taking a piano apart for scrap
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2018, 07:19:54 AM »
That kind of attitude towards consumption sickens me! "This piano needs tuning. We should just throw it out and get another."

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Re: Taking a piano apart for scrap
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2018, 01:15:47 PM »
That kind of attitude towards consumption sickens me! "This piano needs tuning. We should just throw it out and get another."


I get what you're saying, but you sound like someone who has never tried to give away an old piano (especially a shitty old piano). It's usually not "let's throw this out and get another," often more like, "I don't want this piano (that was maybe here when I moved in because the last owners didn't want to move it, because moving pianos is hard) cluttering up my house anymore, and no one will take it away for free."

I remember when we tried to get rid of my first childhood piano (it was a freebie from a relative and we bought a nicer-sounding and -looking one for a few hundred bucks). We kept both pianos for years because no one would take the old one. People would come and look at it and then complain that it wasn't in good enough shape or that it would be too hard to get it out of the house. I'm glad Sun Hat's mom's piano has found someone who wants it!

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Re: Taking a piano apart for scrap
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2018, 11:07:22 AM »
So many great ideas...