I'd like to discuss a bona fide tone wood source here.

and the logistics involved in gathering it for recycling into newly built instruments.

I gathered a couple pallets, just the other day, that had some mahogany and boxwood...  but darn it! there's just too many nails holding them things together, and they destroy a bunch of the decent runs of wood that could be used for necks and such.

So I'm working on a new source!

This morning I responded to a craigslist ad for a freebie piano that is apparently nearby.

Don't yet know if I can prevail, but it will be interesting, in a number of ways...

First thing abt a piano is the bloomin' thangs are HEAVY!  REAL HEAVY!

and I don't think the party would feel very good if I showed up with my 8lb sledge to make manageable pieces of their family heirloom they no longer use and don't have room for, so they wish to pass it on.  :-)

We're talking abt a 100 year old piano here!  Of course it's scuffed and scratched, needs to be repaired and tuned, to be playable...   but the wood it's built of is some quality level of tonewood and hardwoods that have been aged for many, many years!  This has GOT to be a bonus over pallets!

What lengths, and dimensions I am able to salvage will be interesting....

I'll do a follow up post with the results, if it happens....

Included in the package deal will be a whole flock of strings!  Great for diddley bows and CBG's!

and zither pegs...

and also the cast iron framework that makes an interesting piece of garden art!  lol

and all them celluloid keys which might serve as inlay material???

Has anyone attempted this???

gotta find my 4 wheel coaster dolly thingy...  and a helper!  lol



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I'm not very good at staying on the original subject!

...the tennis racket resonator is great!  A nice pleasant shape to it...   :-)

Kinda like a big desert spoon!

...yah when I start learning things, I take off on different tangents, which may confuse things a bit.

I got NO reply from the first piano people...

So I watched craig for a few days and now three more have popped up, where there was none, just a few days ago...   Only problem is they are farther away, and I can't devote fuel to go running my truck all over the place for these projects I undertake.

However.....   :-)

One listing is for a Lyon & Healy 'cottage piano', and it's kind of ornate and interesting for another reason....

L & H is the manufacturer of harps...   to this day...  in chicago.

...and what could that possibly mean, you ask???

Well, swing over to youtube and run a search for 'harp twins'.   :-)



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