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#1 posted 11-30-2012 06:03 PM

A couple years ago I had someone drop off 25-30 pianos in various states of deconstruction. If you’re into veneer and know how to get it off the core; they’re a treasure trove. I’ve seen very little veneer on something like Oak. It mostly appears to be Poplar … VERY soft with frequent greenish tints … sometimes flat-out green in color.

If you want solid wood, there’s not much. The vertical beams supporting the pinboard (on the back of the piano) are usually solid .. 50%+ oak (or similar). The pinboard itself, and the other heavy “beams” have always been built up of ~3/4 to 7/8” boards.

The sound boards are real nice if you can get the braces off. I just ripped them off and salvaged what I could. I have not tried a heat gun.

Once the strings are removed, the harp (cast iron) can be removed (in my experience) ... very heavy even in pieces.

If you want a LOT of small diameter, short dowels … there’s a whole bunch in the hammer assembly (64 I think on a full size keyboard).

Hardware wise … sometimes there are some neat hinges … frequently a long piano hinge on the keyboard covers (of course) ... I have about 3-1/2 coffee cans worth of 99% slotted screws of various sizes. If you plan on disassembling a piano, make sure you get a metal detector. They liked to bury screws deep down.

I got a call here about 3-4 months ago … ‘twas the gentleman who provided me with these pianos. He had several more if I was interested. “Ummmm … no …. I’m doing pretty good for now. Thanks.” I finally got rid of all the stuff that I felt I couldn’t use … just this last spring. I think.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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