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Mike Hendry saves old pianos from being disposed and destroyed by turning them into furniture, ornaments and jewellery | Leader

A dining table made from an old piano.

“Weighing in at between 250-500kg, they have become a significant contributor to landfill, so we have proposed reinventing and repurposing them into modern and classical furniture pieces,” he said.Mr Hendry said he believed Pianos Recycled had stopped almost 20 tonnes worth of pianos going to landfill in the past year.

Source: Mike Hendry saves old pianos from being disposed and destroyed by turning them into furniture, ornaments and jewellery | Leader

Free Player Piano on Portland Reddit (Preddit)

DemocraticBunny is in need of some assistance. If you think you can help them out of a player piano send them a private message by clicking DemocraticBunny in the original post on Reddit – or leave information in the comments section.

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Ok, here’s the deal. My parents currently own an old timey vintage player piano – with the foot pedals and everything.  They are getting ready to move from Oregon City to the Vancouver area and desperately need to get this thing out of their house and into a good home! The only problem is, this sucker weighs a ton, and whoever wants it will need to get some buddies to help haul it out. Do any of you fine people want this piano? Or know of someone who would want it? It’s totally 100% free! If they can’t get rid of it in the next 3 weeks, they’re going to have to burn in to get rid of it! Help us PDX, you’re our only hope!

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Piano Staircase | kilometer zero running eye blog

For one thing it is remarkable to discover, through the process of reverse construction, how much craft and skill goes into making even the most humble piano. The solid maple frame is fleshed out with boards of poplar or birch under a dark swirling skin of walnut or mahogany veneer. Hard, curved beach limbs form the pinblock to space the strings over the thin, flat straight-grained soundboard of Sitka spruce. Metatarsals of hornbeam connect felted hammers through an intricate arrangement of joints and pivots to long fingers of basswood coated with wafer thin slices of white bone ivory and in the gaps between these teeth, black ebony wood.

via Piano Staircase | kilometer zero running eye blog.

Steinert Hall, the most famous subterranean theater you’ve never heard of – Music – The Boston Globe


“It’s where old pianos come to die,” said building manager Colman McDonagh with a weary smile as he stepped around assorted obstacles while conducting the tour.

Yet there is much fading grandeur to take in, too, visual reminders of what a magnificent space Steinert Hall must have been, tucked 35 feet below one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, when Boston was burnishing its credentials as a world-class city for live music.

Structurally, the elliptically shaped concert hall remains surprisingly intact, its fluted Corinthian pilasters separating what were once proscenium boxes reserved for well-heeled patrons. On either side of the small stage, at balcony level, wall panels bear the names of Schumann, Beethoven, Haydn, Bach, Mozart, and Schubert.

The 650 seats are long gone, donated years ago to Boston College High School. Still visible in the floorboards, though, are ventilation holes where heat was once pumped from a massive fan. Other touches, like an original leather-faced door and 1915 Greek-themed wall mural, possibly painted by muralist Charles Avery Aiken (it’s signed “C.A. Aiken”), have been preserved as well.




via Steinert Hall, the most famous subterranean theater you’ve never heard of – Music – The Boston Globe.

Philadelphia Salvage company takes over foundry with 200 ‘orphan’ pianos [photos] — NewsWorks

Keys covered in dust and dirt at the old Bureau Brothers Foundry building in North Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philadelphia Salvage owner Chris Stock described his first tour of the piano-filled foundry as “surreal.” He said he plans on hiring someone to evaluate the instruments. Many keyboards are caked with dirt and can no longer produce a note, but Stock hopes to donate working pianos to the community. The crew working at the foundry labeled the pianos with blue masking tape for possible salvageable materials, such as ivory keys and ornamented veneers.

The Philadelphia Salvage company plans to expand to the former bronze foundry at 23rd and Westmoreland Streets in North Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

More than 200 pianos are in various states of decay at the old Bureau Brother Foundry in North Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

via Philadelphia Salvage company takes over foundry with 200 ‘orphan’ pianos [photos] — NewsWorks.

BBC News – Will your piano end up in the dump?

John Gregory of J Reid pianos in London explains how he disposes of instruments which have reached the end of their natural lives

Trilobite by Shauna Holiman and Penny Putnam. Photo: Steven Rossi Photography

Many old pianos are now being dumped, abandoned, neglected, smashed – even burnt. Why is this happening, and should we care?

The advert is up, her husband has spread the word at work, but 12 weeks on and Karen Harper from Baltimore, Maryland just can’t find a taker for her piano – not even free of charge.

“I’ve had no calls – nothing whatsoever,” she says matter-of-factly.

But her husband is starting to lose patience, and has threatened to take the thing apart “bit by bit” if they don’t find a new home for it soon.

The piano in question – an upright Wessel, Nickel & Gross built in 1927 – is in good condition, she says, and still plays well.

Karen bought the piano when her children were young, but now she just needs the space.

“My daughter loves it – if she knew it was going to a good home it would be easier.”

The thought of it being destroyed would devastate her, says Karen. “It’s a hard decision to make over a piano.”

Unceremoniously upturned in a rubbish tip, and picked away at for pieces, was the sorry end for the Windsor Baby Grand piano at Sandy Spring Friends School, also in Maryland.

A local piano restorer had hoped to take it, says teacher Cathryn Carnevale, but the cost of repair would have been much greater than its value. It would have been for love not money – and when a big tax bill came in, he just couldn’t afford it.

“It’s like a human, it slowly goes downhill in terms of its health,” says John Gist, of Gist Piano Center in Louisville, Kentucky, which sells and restores pianos.

“There are more and more pianos reaching extinction, needing to go to the graveyard.

“I get 10 to 15 calls a day from people saying ‘So how much is my piano worth?'”

But the reality is, says Gist, sentimental value aside, many old pianos are worthless, though a top-name brand like a Steinway will hold its value well.

A woman's hands at the keyboard of an old piano

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