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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2757947
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Crushes my musical soul. This enrages me. Why would anyone burn a musical instrument? You would think that it could have been salvaged in some way.

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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2757998
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It's kinda sad to just see it burned in a field. It feels like there could have been at least a few parts of it that could be useful. Would any of those wooden case or back parts be worth anything for woodworking projects, piano or otherwise? Could some of the metal parts such as hinges, castors, pedal hardware, that kind of thing, be recycled or re-purposed? Would the side panels, lid, fallboard, keyslip, or pedalboard be usable for some type of a furniture project?

Granted, it may not be worth continuing existence as a piano. I'm OK with that. It just seems like what's left has at least some value.

Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2757999
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I don't think this is in any way dignified.

Setting aside my emotion being a piano enthusiast, burning pianos just release lots of carbon dioxide (and possibly some other more toxic substance) into the atmosphere, at a much faster rate than putting them in a landfill.


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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Bellyman] #2758003
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Bellyman,I agree with you.Most of that piano could have been recycled or repurposed in some way.My old boss always kept a couple of old actions around to use parts out of and kept every hinge he ever took off.Those old soundboards would probably be a treasure to a luthier..this video reminds me of some pagan sacrifice.A sacrilegious sacrifice.

Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2758009
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I had wondered about whether other instrument makers would find a decent section of soundboard usable.

Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2758059
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Much better to recycle parts ,restore or donate an old piano , than a bizarre display like this .Its like watching the theater of the absurd .Grow up please !

Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2758139
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Years ago a friend who was a professional classical musician, and a colorful guy, bought a large grand with a cracked plate. He had the strings and plate removed, the legs shortened, and then had a custom mattress made to fit inside the rim, and that became his bed. I admired his clever reuse.


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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2758144
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This is like watching somebody burning a person.


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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2758152
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I didn't react quite like I would had it been a person, even a dead one, but still, it saddens me.

There is a mentality in much of the western world that there is always more stuff and we can just throw away things that aren't what we want anymore, we can always buy more. The general attitude spills over into other areas of life, too. Agriculture is a for-example. I've known of people who would just destroy a piece of land and then move on to another piece of land and do the same thing again, and again. There is always another piece of land. In places like Europe, land is much more precious and they tend to be much more careful about taking care of what they have because if they destroy their family farm, they can't just go get another one.

I would argue that there are probably a lot of pianos out there that are really not worth the time and effort to make into good playing instruments. But even at that, would it be too much to consider at least a little bit of recycling?

Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2758162
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I'm not saying an inanimate object is in any way comparable to a person's life, but it kind of reminded me of how people used to come out with their families to watch a public hanging. Repulsive.


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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2758183
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As I stated earlier, the video did sadden me. I'd prefer that pianos be disposed of another way. or re-purposed of possible. To a piano-lover, they are not just the typical lump of wood and metal. It's much more than that to us. However, with that said...

We have no history here and no knowledge of the instruments condition. I don't think we even know the brand name. It appears to be a typical mid-century spinet that could have been made by any one of several low-end manufacturers. If my observations are correct, had the owner inquired here on PW about a major repair or restoration to this instrument, the vast majority of us here on PW would have quickly told the current owner or a potential owner to run away b/c it's nothing more than junk.

Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2758403
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I find it kind of disturbing. But then again I have seen piano's turned into everything from coffee tables to wet bars.


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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2759613
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What's the point?
And ... will you follow-up with a video of OTHER kinds of trash being burned?

Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: GC13] #2759684
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Originally Posted by GC13

We have no history here and no knowledge of the instruments condition. I don't think we even know the brand name.


It was a Kimball console with a private label name on it. It was a low line for Kimball. I can tell that from looking at the soundboard, which is their early plywood boards. You were correct. I would have said not to buy the piano because most beginners have no idea what they are getting into with a cheaply built small piano like this one.

I still do not like the video. It might be related to my thoughts on bacon. I love to eat bacon but I do not want to slaughter the animal, butcher and cut up the belly, or salt, age, and smoke the pork belly until it emerges as the bacon I love. First, I do not have the time for it and second, some of those things just make me nauseous.

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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2762961
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He,s a retired Rev ,he believes in the flames of heck .Perhaps he,s trying to scare us ?

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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2763038
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Hmmm... the sides, the lid, and the kick panel seem like they might have potential for some small pieces of furniture, maybe coffee or end tables. The back posts might have had enough decent wood in them to make a few cutting boards, maybe, or perhaps even more than that.

I dunno. It still just seems like there were good uses for some of it and that maybe someone would have actually wanted at least parts of it. Maybe it wasn't good for a piano anymore, I can appreciate that.

I wonder if there is enough copper on the bass strings to make it worthwhile for someone to strip that off of the steel core?

Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Lady Bird] #2763101
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Originally Posted by Lady Bird
He,s a retired Rev ,he believes in the flames of heck .Perhaps he,s trying to scare us ?

Or maybe your prejudices are showing by reading more into it than is there?

Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2763204
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I was joking ! !! Life is not that serious. You think automatically I think I never ever go
to church ? Relax please !

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I know what this display is ,its Dada ,an turn of the century avant guard art form .

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That was just another joke .

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