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    Pretty much Jack! Though it wasn't freeway in a stake truck but, close enough.
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    I often rent parking from churches as part of my work. Many churches in old-money areas seem to have an opulent vintage piano in every room. Follow the smart money, the best return on an unwanted but high-grade piano is probably donating it and taking the tax write off.

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    Talk about moving pianos always reminds me of this -

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r5XX9LX2es4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray(T) View Post
    Talk about moving pianos always reminds me of this -

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r5XX9LX2es4
    that's a nice encapsulation of the Ye Olde English Work Ethic...Here's the American counterpart:

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    How many mandolins could you make out of it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fifths View Post
    that's a nice encapsulation of the Ye Olde English Work Ethic...Here's the American counterpart:
    Almost! Stan Laurel was born in England - (Ulverston, Cumbria)

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    Almost! Stan Laurel was born in ... (Ulverston, Cumbria)
    And they are quite proud of their native son (and his sidekick).

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    I know this discussion is about an upright, but here's what I did in my office at work with a "free" quarter grand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim simpson View Post
    Okay, I have to ask, what's a Steinway?
    Liter Stein or Pint Stein, with beer in it?
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    "About two pounds" full of course.
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    Just today a friend asked if my wife (she's an antique dealer) would want an old piano. We had to tell him the same thing: they cost more to move than they are worth. I hate to walk away from these old pianos, but it's like taking in stray cats. You can't keep 'em all. I'm already piano-heavy in my house, and these things just don't sell.

    This one has beautiful wood on it. It's an old Monington & Weston (London). It'll probably end up at the dump. What a shame.
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    Yes, that is a shame. What a beautiful cabinet, with the burl veneer and the floral marquetry. I feel a little sadness looking at that old music box. Maybe someone will salvage it, if only for the cabinet.
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    You know, if I had space and more woodworking talent, I might convert one into a bar, glassware under the keyboard cover, bottles in the body? Make the front open in some dramatic, clever manner? But, I'm a bit of a booze hound!
    Ooh, only leave one string "live" so you can tune to it....now, that's genius! I'm going to move to a bigger house with a piano!
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    Ok, here's a plan (doomed to failure): take the soundboards out of these old pianos, which are beautiful, straight-grained spruce, and make millions of flat-topped mandolins. Stick them on blow-molded bodies, Maccaferri or Ovation style (Antonio De Torres experiments with classical guitar and paper machθ body showed the top was the most important thing) and make millions of them. Keep the price super-low, and take over the world. I'm not interested in hearing all the reasons why this won't work, we all know it won't. But think of the recycling potential. All the cases can be reconfigured into.. into... coffins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlieshafer View Post
    Ok, here's a plan (doomed to failure): take the soundboards out of these old pianos, which are beautiful, straight-grained spruce, and make millions of flat-topped mandolins
    There must be some practical reason why it's not done. Otherwise, one junk (free) piano could yield a bunch of guitar tops, etc. Looks like a snazzy name and marketing scheme could make it work. "Yessir, made with 100-year old ragtime-era honky-tonk wood!" We've been hearing about the "shortage" of good guitar wood for years......looks like 50 free pianos and a wood shop could set somebody up in business, at least for a boutique market! I must be missing something.......
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    From 5th to 6th grade my parents tortured me with piano lessons. I have always loved music, but being ADD before they invented ADD, having to GO TO and instrument and sit at it for more than a few minutes was too much for me. The minute I sat down, I wanted to get up. (I still have my parent's piano, but it doesn't get played.)

    Much later in life, I discovered the mandolin. An instrument I don't have to go to and sit at! It goes with me, and I can sit, stand, walk around, play by ear, play from sheet music, or just play. And after I die, if my children or grandchildren don't want it, they can sell it (them) for real money instead of paying someone to it them away.
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