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Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life #2757084
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What do you guys think of this video? https://youtu.be/OOqOUq4VcYs

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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2757110
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I think it is absolutely terrible. Lance, what do you think about it?

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Well if he played Great Balls of Fire it would be a bit more interesting.


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Personally, hated the video ... I would rather see a piano I owned have a quicker execution

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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2757123
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I think it is a great idea, sure beats rotting at a garbage belt somewhere.

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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2757129
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I know nothing last forever, and many pianos just aren't worth saving, but it does make me a little sad to see any piano destroyed. But I'm just a piano lover with a big heart for them. But I guess burning one isn't any worse than them ending up in a land fill somewhere. To each his own I guess.

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Absolutely horrible.


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It made me sad to watch is video frown


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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2757176
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I'm not too disturbed by the burning. Any end to a piano's life is a sad thing.

I am bothered by what seemed to me a rather self-gratuitous atmosphere. Why does it need to be a public event? How many of the attendees had any kind of relationship with this piano? Why make a video and publish it?

It seems Pastor Collins got some air time out of it.


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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Lvlady] #2757226
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Originally Posted by Lvlady
It made me sad to watch is video frown


Same here...

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I did not like the video, I have seen old pianos turned into a desk. I would like to see them re-purposed. See images on this link.

https://www.pinterest.com/joshuagaither/repurposed-pianos/?lp=true


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Originally Posted by DFSRN
I did not like the video, I have seen old pianos turned into a desk. I would like to see them re-purposed. See images on this link.

https://www.pinterest.com/joshuagaither/repurposed-pianos/?lp=true




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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2757311
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Horrible.


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The existing population of worn out pianos FAR exceeds those willing to make a desk out of them.

This beats having to haul it to the landfill.


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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Pianolance] #2757496
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Given the amount of tension on the strings, couldn't it be dangerous when the string suddenly pops?

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Originally Posted by Steve Cohen
The existing population of worn out pianos FAR exceeds those willing to make a desk out of them.

This beats having to haul it to the landfill.


I agree Steve..... still horrible.


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I didn't watch it, but I had a friend who was a luthier and was always trying to scavenge good woods, especially tonewood, and no matter how clapped out a piano is I feel like there'd be better value in maybe seeing it made into another instrument.


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Re: Dignified Ending of a Piano's Life [Re: Markarian] #2757673
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Originally Posted by Markarian
I didn't watch it, but I had a friend who was a luthier and was always trying to scavenge good woods, especially tonewood, and no matter how clapped out a piano is I feel like there'd be better value in maybe seeing it made into another instrument.


That's what I thought, too. What a waste of precious wood!
Piano's soundboards are usually made from very good spruce which is now a scarce resource. Why don't these people think about salvaging the wood for making other instruments or even for making another piano!

Besides, the scene looks so barbaric as if in a primitive society!


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Originally Posted by LearnEveryDay
Besides, the scene looks so barbaric as if in a primitive society!
What bugged me the most were the children in the crowd watching the proceedings. What a horrible example to set for them. Nothing "dignified" about this "send-off." Barbaric and primitive indeed.


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We are currently doing a restoration to a 1905 Steinway Vertegrand model K. It is much more dignified to give a piano a new life than to give it a funeral pyre, IMHO.



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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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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.

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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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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.

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I had wondered about whether other instrument makers would find a decent section of soundboard usable.

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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 !

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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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This is like watching somebody burning a person.


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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?

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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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