there are many many free pianos on craigslist
one reason i have not used them for wood is because i could not haul
one back to dismantle
and i did not want to demolish it in sight of the donator because that
might induce some shock and horror and rightly so
the other is just the matter of demoing a perfectly good piano
but i do wonder what happens to these
is there a market maybe overseas for pianos
it really seems a shame to think they might end up as landfill
have seen some really beautiful old pianos being offered for free
i did find a program in japan that acquires pianos from overseas
ships them regularly in containers and refurbs them and then
they find homes for them in japan
the business model is not clear and it really seemed like someone
with the means was doing it just because they could
might be wrong on that though
On Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 9:32:51 PM UTC-4, Electric Comet wrote:
I suspect very few Steinways and the like available/being given away. Most of the pianos I have seen are run of the mill, generic uprights left over from the days when most kids took piano lessons (video games and travel sports hadn't yet been invented)
Really? We even have a Steinway shop here and they buy, refurbish and
sell restored Steinways. I could buy a nice car for what those pianos
are going for at that shop. Still, donation is a good thing too.
I got a few pallets once, and took several hours to take them apart.
After lots of effort, it really didn't yield all that much usable wood.
It's an experience I'll only repeat if I really _really_ want the wood.
A piano is likely to be 10% wood 90% other. What are you going to do
with the other once you get it? Steel was practically worthless when I
took some pool sides in for recycling. (They were talking $25-50 on the
Internet, I got $2. I just wanted them gone.)
On Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 9:17:49 PM UTC-4, Electric Comet wrote:
Obviously it depends on the piano, but if they are giving it away on CL,
odds are that they did their homework and discovered that it not worth
My parents had an upright piano for decades, handed down from their parents.
When we were helping them downsize I called a good friend who is in the piano
restoration business. As soon as I gave him the name of the piano, he told me
that it was going to cost me more to have it hauled away than it was worth.
This page discusses the history of piano manufacturing. You can see the
periods during which pianos were mass produced for schools and homes. You
will probably find that the freebies on CL are part of this mass marketed
I did attempt to strip/salvage an antique upright piano in hopes for some decent lumber...pretty much good for firewood and nothing more. Everything was glued up and veneered.
On Monday, July 18, 2016 at 10:12:38 AM UTC-4, DerbyDad03 wrote:
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