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    • Green hopeful
    • By Green hopeful 6th Dec 17, 9:15 PM
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    Repurposing a piano?
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    • 6th Dec 17, 9:15 PM
    Repurposing a piano? 6th Dec 17 at 9:15 PM
    Hi.

    We have an upright piano. It's 1920s I think. It's quite pretty but the keys are peeling their ivory and it is massively out of tune. We don't play it. I spoke to the piano tuner and he said no one really wants old pianos.

    I looked at the internet and wondered about repurposing it as something else. There are quite a lot of pictures on the internet but I am not sure what would be best/doable for a beginner.

    What do you think would be most fun, bar, book case, desk, aquarium, reptile tank.

    Do you think it is worth repurposing before trying to sell it?
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    • JamesO
    • By JamesO 6th Dec 17, 11:20 PM
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    • googler
    • By googler 6th Dec 17, 11:27 PM
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    • 6th Dec 17, 11:27 PM
    Does the tuner reckon it's beyond tuning?

    If not, then any tuner/tech worth his salt should be able to source replacement key tops and get it back to playing condition.

    Doesn't anyone in your family want to play it?
    • TonyMMM
    • By TonyMMM 7th Dec 17, 9:09 AM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 9:09 AM
    Unless it is one of a very few high quality makers (Steinway etc) you won't sell it - you might be able to give it away, but may end up paying someone to take it.
    • Mistral001
    • By Mistral001 7th Dec 17, 3:35 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 3:35 PM
    Has it got an iron frame?
    • Jojo the Tightfisted
    • By Jojo the Tightfisted 7th Dec 17, 8:41 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 8:41 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 8:41 PM
    People do want old pianos if they are in tune - did the tuner say it wasn't worth the hassle, or just that you wouldn't be able to sell it?

    A friend travelled the best part of 200 miles a few months ago to pick up a lovely 1930s piano, including paying a bunch of us to help him get it up 3 flights of stairs to his flat - he didn't even know if it was playable until he got there, but loved the look and feel of it.

    If you absolutely must do 'something', a bookcase would do least damage and have the widest appeal. If your walls are strong, taking out the string assembly and mounting on a wall gives a lovely sculptural piece of art that has sound (as per the Sound Garden principle).
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.

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    • Hard Up Hester
    • By Hard Up Hester 8th Dec 17, 6:33 AM
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    • 8th Dec 17, 6:33 AM
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    My daughter has an old piano, she had it turned and it works fine, her 13 year old has lessons the others just bash about on it. She paid £160 including delivery.
    Chin up, Titus out.
    • Green hopeful
    • By Green hopeful 14th Dec 17, 8:52 PM
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    • 14th Dec 17, 8:52 PM
    Thanks for your responses. The tuner said it could probably be tuned but it would be worth nothing once tuned.

    I researched reattaching the ivory veneer and realise it is possible but there are more pieces peeling off.

    I looked at donating it to charity but the British heart foundation is selling much nicer pianos for £20.

    I feel like we should take care of it but a quick google shows people are breaking pianos for scrap. Yes it has a heavy (iron) bit in the back.

    No one at home wants to play it.
    • Pooky
    • By Pooky 15th Dec 17, 9:11 AM
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    • 15th Dec 17, 9:11 AM
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    • 15th Dec 17, 9:11 AM
    Pop it on free cycle or similar, someone will love it.
    "Start every day off with a smile and get it over with" - W. C. Field.
    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 17th Dec 17, 1:26 PM
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    You sing it ..... I'll play it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgzEBLa3PPk
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