Good morning LumberJocks!
As some of you know I got a couple of piano’s this past week. the last one I took completely apart. The strings were rusted in many areas. the felt was gone, key parts missing or broken. It was a job. Took about 5 hours all togather. No veneer anywhere. all wood. Some solid orther pieces glued togather. But I now know what makes them so dad gummed heavy. It is the brass piece that puts all the strings in place and then there was the solid piece of wood glued togather at the top. One massive block 7 inches deep x 8 inches wide and about 7 foot long. Some decent wood but as most of you had mentioned and where right. It wasn’t worth the trouble. yea there was some good wood there but very little. I would venture to say that 60% of it will be decent support /internal wood for projects. Some good for inlay such as the flat and sharp keys. The regular keys are covered in some type of a hard white material. I don’t think it is ivory but it could be. My mistake these keeys are veneered with this white material. It almost feel like bone but then again it also feels like a plastic.
As I was taking this piano apart I cam across a resident of the piano. The web was nothing like I had every seen from one of these creatures. And with all my heart I was totally amazed by it’s size! I had never seen a Black Widow this big. Legs and all she could have out stretched a quater easily but no where near the size of a .50 cent piece. Here are some pictures of her. She was upside down at the back side near the bottom of the piano and she tried to run. I wished I had enough sense to put an item next to her for you to compare her size with.
Have a great Day!