Piano Deconstruction

Perhaps this could be a new cottage industry – carefully dismantling pianos.

My Mom bought this Yamaha spinet piano in the 1970’s, and it has served two generations. It underwent an expensive major overhaul a few years ago, but that did not last very long — the strings that connect the keys to the hammers weren’t up to the semi-controlled climate in this old house. I wasn’t up for another.

With the advent of self-tuning and excellent-sounding electronic pianos, it is hard to justify maintaining the old-fashioned kind. I have heard of people throwing them off of buildings to hear their death knell. I have heard of people burning them. I have even seen Harpo Marx pound on the keys until the piano falls apart and he has a harp to play.

We chose dismantlement.

There were many screws. Many, many screws, most numbered to match the key/hammer number.

I kept its harp, its sounding board, and its keys. They are things of beauty.

Still, I have fond and funny memories of this piano.

[Update 15 Jan 2018: Just noticed the serial number in the upper right corner of the harp: Yamaha piano serial number 859939 was made in Hamamatsu, Japan in 1969.

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