Does anyone have any current information on the impact of the Ivory Act 2018 as yet?Ivory Act explanatory notes
The Act is now law but apparently is not yet 'in force'. It provides an exemption for musical instruments earlier than 1975, but I would have though that the 'de minimis' exemption would also apply to most pianos as there's no way that key tops provide more than 10% of a piano 'by volume'.
The other part is section 10 registration: if you intend to sell a piano with ivory keys then it suggests that you would need to register the instrument and get an exemption certificate. Does that mean that all UK piano dealers are geared up and ready to register their pre-1975 stock? Would private citizens have to do the same before they sold or traded in an instrument with ivory keys?
There also does not appear to be anything in the Act about repairs, so does that mean that when the Act comes into force it will no longer be possible to repair damaged keys with CITES certified ivory - or do the keys themselves fall within the definition of 'musical instrument'? Or would restorers only be able to source ivory from pianos which are not traded as such? Or must they source it only from registered pianos both in terms of CITES and the Ivory Act?