Re-envisioning an old melodeon

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Forum topic by Furnitude posted 07-18-2013 02:35 PM 1578 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2013 02:35 PM

A relative has offered to give me a melodeon, a 19th century keyboard instrument (example below). It is made of rosewood and I believe has ebony and ivory keys. She says there really isn’t an antique market for these. There was a botched effort at restoring it as in instrument a few years ago, so it doesn’t work as an instrument. As much as I hate to tear it apart, I was considering harvesting the rosewood, ebony and ivory from it. At least I’d be giving it a second life. In terms of what to make out of it, a small writing desk or occasional table come to mind. Another idea is a lap desk.

Has anyone ever used ebony or ivory from an old piano? Any ideas on what to do with them?

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#1 posted 07-18-2013 03:10 PM

The ivory white keys are great for scrimshaw and possibly for inlays.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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