|Project by brianinpa||posted 10-20-2008 03:49 AM||2576 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
My wife was given a “used” player piano from a co-worker. I have always believed that there is a reason something given away for nothing, and “gift” was no exception. The only catch to getting the piano was that she needed to have it picked up in Philadelphia and brought back to Lebanon (about an 80 mile trip – one way). If she did not take it, the piano was going to the dump, so she “convinced” me to go get it. I volunteered my dad and off we went. When we got to Philly and saw the piano, it was no wonder the piano was being given away. I decided that rather than driving home with an empty pick-up we would take the piano home. This thing weighed at least 800 pounds in the back of a Ford Ranger pick-up truck. We were exceeding the weight limit of the little truck. We got it in the house and there it sat for several years collecting dust. It could not keep a tune and all the player guts had been removed, so it had to go.
Rather than completely destroying everything, I wanted to save parts of it. Here is the result of some of my salvage work. All the wood used was reclaimed from the piano. The keys make a perfect shelf for my son to put his music items on above his real piano. The shelf looks like it belongs in our “music” room, but I have to figure out what to do with the white thermostat.
-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.