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Sad fate of old pianos
#2871416 07/22/19 08:11 AM
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I found this voice-only documentary and got sad listening to it. Even though I don’t own an old piano myself, somehow I could feel the emotions of those who did. I could just imagine all the memories attached the piano, and what it must feel like when you’re forced to send it to the dump. Kind of like saying goodbye to an old friend or family member. So sad.

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.3782877

(Too bad there’s no visual, which struck me as odd in this age!)


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Originally Posted by WeakLeftHand
I found this voice-only documentary and got sad listening to it. Even though I don’t own an old piano myself, somehow I could feel the emotions of those who did. I could just imagine all the memories attached the piano, and what it must feel like when you’re forced to send it to the dump. Kind of like saying goodbye to an old friend or family member. So sad.

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.3782877

(Too bad there’s no visual, which struck me as odd in this age!)

The fate of old unwanted pianos is similar to old unwanted cars or appliances. At some point, it costs more to fix than the piano is worth. Cars left sitting in a junkyard are frequently used for parts, so maybe the frame lives on. I sometimes wonder if an inventive person could take the old piano, essentially gut it and use the case to put in a digital piano. At least the part of the piano lives on. But we’d lose one great aspect of the digital, which is lightweight portability.


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There is a soft-spot in my heart for old pianos too, WeakLeftHand.

I posted this thread a little over a week ago. If you missed it, you might enjoy it. (Or not:-) smile

"Another old piano adventure"

Old Bessy was almost two semitones flat when I got her (after she showed up at my back door:-) but I've since raised the pitch to A440, and she held, without any strings breaking, and still holding, but needs another tuning touch-up. I'm amazed at how good she sounds and plays to be 100 years old. I estimate her age to be around 100 years of so (1910).

Thing is, she don't sound much like an old saloon piano anymore (after the pitch raise and tuning). So, the old girl still has some life left in her, and I'm glad I was able to keep her off the chopping block for a while longer.

I've been having a ball playing her out in my garage! Now, I just need to decide how much time and effort I want to spend on a refurbishment. But she's impressed me so far. smile

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There are people who recycle old pianos and make furniture out of them.

I had to give away my mother's 45-year-old upright because I couldn't use it in my apartment without driving the neighbors crazy. We found a family who wanted it and they drove up and got it. What's sad is that few people who have the space for a piano even want one for free (not counting moving costs).

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There are people who recycle old pianos and make furniture out of them.

I had to give away my mother's 45-year-old upright because I couldn't use it in my apartment without driving the neighbors crazy. We found a family who wanted it and they drove up and got it. What's sad is that few people who have the space for a piano even want one for free (not counting moving costs).


Perhaps people just prefer light weight , low maintenance DP, for many people that is good enough. It reminds me in audiophile world, there are thick cables , tube amplified, pre0amp..and big , heavy speakers..etc. It sounds great but sometimes, people just prefer a simple pair of powered speaker.

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I'm not sure that these people want any pianos, digital or acoustic.

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Originally Posted by mimi9

There are people who recycle old pianos and make furniture out of them.



Sometimes pianos become part of reincarnation. Click here for some new souls in old bodies.

Larry.

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I sometimes wonder if an inventive person could take the old piano, essentially gut it and use the case to put in a digital piano. At least the part of the piano lives on.

J&J I know of two major touring bands that have done this but I'm certain there are plenty more out there doing the same thing.


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Originally Posted by Frank Pinn
I sometimes wonder if an inventive person could take the old piano, essentially gut it and use the case to put in a digital piano. At least the part of the piano lives on.

J&J I know of two major touring bands that have done this but I'm certain there are plenty more out there doing the same thing.



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Well it has made me want to adopt one of these old free pianos.
My husband no doubt would be more logical about the whole thing ?

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Originally Posted by Lady Bird
Well it has made me want to adopt one of these old free pianos.
My husband no doubt would be more logical about the whole thing ?

I have enquired about a couple of old, free upright pianos on FB Marketplace or Craigslist. If I can't see a brand name in the photos, I send them a message and ask if they knew what brand it was. A couple have responded back to me back and said no, they did not know the brand.

When I messaged them back and asked if they'd raise the top lid and look inside the piano, near the top of the cast-iron plate, and see if there was a name brand embossed in the plate, they never responded back to me.

So, I guess there may be something to that old saying, "never look a gift horse piano in the mouth". smile

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