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What to do with old piano?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by charlie chitlin, Jun 11, 2020.

  1. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    It came with the house I live in.
    An upright.
    Out of tune, some sticky keys, some more that make no sound at all, but, most offensive, when the weather gets warm an humid, it smells of cat piss..
    BTW...I live on a farm, so I have several burn piles.
    Performance art, anyone?
    The problem is, there seems to be something downright sinful about burning or otherwise trashing musical instruments...like books
     
  2. Dreadnut

    Dreadnut Friend of Leo's

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    I was going to suggest something until you mentioned "cat piss." I'd say burn away, because you'll never get rid of that disgusting odor.

    How old is old? Any chance it might actually have ivory keys? Or other parts worth salvaging before you burn it?
     
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    I'm sure it won't be cheap to get it repaired. It's also hard to sell one these days, even in good condition, because of the difficulty of moving them. I had the guts of an old piano up on my mantle for a while. It made for a good conversation piece.

    I've had my dear departed grandpa's old piano on loan to someone for 15 years now because I don't have the ability to move it or anywhere to put it.
     
  4. cyclopean

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    make some contact mics out of door buzzers, set it on fire, and do a performance art noise piece. run those pickups into a mixer and turn the mixer into a synth.
     
  5. drmordo

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    I'd thoroughly clean it and possibly have a tech look at it before I burned it. I've also had miraculous results with smells by generously spreading baking soda on a surface and letting it sit for a week (on the outside of the piano).

    What info can you give us about the manufacturer and/or serial number?
     
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    Charlie, have the Piano’s action checked out and if necessary, replaced. For the smell, throw in small bags of Cedar shavings and then it well smell like a Cedar closet.
    Bags are of shavings are inexpensive, like the price of a big
    Snickers bar.
    If it was mine I’d throw in anywhere from five to ten bags.

    I miss Farm Living, thinking about My Barn makes me wanna weep. I know to My Soul you barn people get it. My Barn was so amazing, it was like the size of a rural Town Hall.
     
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  7. otterhound

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    Keep the outer wood structure . Remove the internals and use it for storage . Liquor cabinet , music gear ..... , that sort of thing . There are products out there that claim to deal with cat piss odor . I have an organ here that will likely go that route . The cabinets that accompanied it were worth the trouble plus I should be able to repurpose the 1,000 Watt amp currently in the organ . It's a Rogers digital that came from a fairly local church .
     
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    There are some inventive ways of reusing old pianos, like this venue from a recent Edinburgh fringe festival event

    https://pianodrome.org/
     
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    I see so many free pianos & organs on Craig's lately...because today's "instant gratification" society can't be bothered to learn to play an instrument anymore, unlike guitar, which you can suck at & still sound halfway decent.
     
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    Ever built a trebuchet?.....they did one on the TV show Northern Exposure, but I couldn't find the clip.
    Old Smokey's right.....you can't even give away a great (or "Grand") piano anymore. It's worthless.
     
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    Yes, and expect the cat piss to reemerge whenever it rains. If maybe the top is salvageable? If the keys are ivory, but they may have been pissed on also.
     
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    Sell the strings to the Hitman Syndicate :lol::lol::D
     
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    ..move it to one of your barns, take it apart, and disinfect. :lol:


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    Turn it into a piano bar. That is, a bar made from a piano. But you gotta lose the cat piss smell first.
     
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    Give it away, give it away, give it away now.

    Seriously though, plenty of free pianos on CL. Someone will take it off your hands.
     
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    Our previous house, actually a 1920's cottage, had an old upright piano in the basement. Given the tight stairwell, we could only assume the house was built around the piano! It's probably still down there...
     
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    Got pics?

    Some older pianos are worthwhile for salvage or repair due to their now difficult to source materials and original craftsmanship. Others, not so much.
     
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    I did this with mine
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    The Wing & Son decal is the original manufacturer of the piano.
     
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    They are usually free and hard to move. But if you destroy it, I would save the Ivory keys! It would be a shame to let that ivory go in the burn pile. You cant get ivory any more.
     
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    Most old pianos are free to a good home buyer collects here, nobody will buy them and moving them costs a small fortune.
     
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