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    Learned the hands on easy way why I won't ever scrap a piano

    I picked up just the harp and strings (already cut off) and wood attached to the harp from a piano on CL. See pics. It took too long and was a pain to remove the harp from the wood for my taste, and it wasn't the whole piano so, I can understand why anyone that has scrapped one that doesn't burn them to get the metal won't scrap another one. It was heavy but not worth it.



    That would be an illegal spectacle in the city to burn it... actually there have been quite a few fires lately but not so many that no one would not notice.

    There was another fire at that same scrapyard yesterday but it didn't get out of control and was put out by a worker there.
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    i got one with all the wood just like that from my friends sisters house. I left it outside all winter and let the elements do there thing, Snow, rain, cold ect. All the wood warped and fell off. But it only took 5 months.....

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    I scrapped a (partial) piano once. Never again. Too much work, too little reward. Always learning, sometimes the hard way.

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    I scrapped a piano once..... ONCE!!!

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    Most folks I know just burn them in brush piles.

    Anyone ever ran into one that had real ivory keys ? Apparently they can sell on Ebay for over $100 per set on inlays .

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    I've gotten mixed reports on ivory resale. I last knew that you had to prove the ivory was taken before 1977(?) or else it fell under the Endangered Species Act and was forbidden for resale in the US and most other places. Since people who were taking ivory in the past didn't think they would ever stop killing elephants and walruses, they didn't bother putting date stamps on their keys, though I would imagine a piano produced in 1919 would have a date stamp for the whole unit which would pass muster.

    I looked into it, some, for a questionable scheme I cooked up, a few years ago.

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    The good thing is that he had a bunch of other scrap metal besides that, no cleaning needed.

    I am glad I had that experience. Now I am 100% positive I will never pickup a piano - whereas before... yeah actually I would not have ever done it anyway. I almost didn't pick this thing up but it wasn't far.

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    Yup...one time just to say I did it...quite the wrestling match but tried to make the best of it. Old piano but the keys were not ivory...sold the lot of them on Clist for $20. Made a shelf out of the place that holds the music and it is still in the hall that connects the main house to the master suite. Saved the lower legs/brackets for a rainy day.



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    older pianos have a lead plug to weight the keys in the wood connectors to the hammer- lots of little lead plugs by the TIME you’re done.

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    I've not scrapped a regular piano, but I did recently scrap an electric organ. small, but fun. Definitely not worth the time, and better to pull the back off, snip the accessible wire, and burn the rest. Where I live, burning stuff is so common the fire dept. only gets called if people see a huge blaze in a small area. I have a metal fire pit, about 6 feet in diameter so I get away with all kinds of stuff. But the organ yielded lots of cool stuff. It was made in 1987, so it had some really nice paper cone speakers that I am saving. Some basic power regulating stuff like transformers and such, lots of brass and wire, and a lot of steel. But the most fun was not being able to find all the screws etc. and resorting to bashing it apart with a hammer. That was super satisfying. Nothing like beating the sh** outta something wooden. LOL

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    I tried to scrap a old piano once, towards the end, actually that's when I finished, I found the Gold coloured metal frame wasn't Brass.... I pretty much just let go of it and walked away.

    Electric pianos often have great key contacts in them, Silver brazing rod as a common contact, or Gold plated wires. Platinum spring key contacts. Each model seems to have a different contact setup.
    Some keys have little Silver bars spotwelded on them, like relay contacts have, or the Gold plated Silver bars.
    I'd be saving them up if I found them.
    The 60's-70's keyboard stuff turns up sometimes & often its 'Free for the taking'.
    I did get a ' Lesley Speaker' once but haven't found the piano to suit it so far.


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    Quote Originally Posted by eesakiwi View Post
    I tried to scrap a old piano once, towards the end, actually that's when I finished, I found the Gold coloured metal frame wasn't Brass.... I pretty much just let go of it and walked away.

    Electric pianos often have great key contacts in them, Silver brazing rod as a common contact, or Gold plated wires. Platinum spring key contacts. Each model seems to have a different contact setup.
    Some keys have little Silver bars spotwelded on them, like relay contacts have, or the Gold plated Silver bars.
    I'd be saving them up if I found them.
    The 60's-70's keyboard stuff turns up sometimes & often its 'Free for the taking'.
    I did get a ' Lesley Speaker' once but haven't found the piano to suit it so far.

    I've never even considered scrapping a piano because of the threads I've read here at the SMF about pianos.

    Eesakiwi, thanks for the simpsons clip. IMO it is the best out of all of them.

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    Actually, my mom owns one from the 1800s that has real ivory keys. No it is not a scrap piece, but I wonder how much the ivory would be worth.


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