A neighbour of mine has an old upright piano which she's planning to break up and dump at a rubbish tip (because it has deteriorated to a condition where it's no longer playable and it's not worth restoring). I'm wondering which parts might be worth salvaging for CGB projects - thoughts anyone?

I'm figuring tuning pegs and some of the strings might be useful. Also I guess there might be some nice timber in there. Maybe be some good material for nuts as well. But not knowing a lot about piano mechanisms I don't know what other handy parts there might be.

Views: 5574

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

The old ivory keys might make nice fret markers for a CBG... sliced into strips and glued into slots ... probably enough to do a gazillion CBGs ...
Keys may be worth money to piano restoreres.I dont throw anything away without ripping everything apart and seeing what i got. sometimes I keep stuff just incase I have a neded for it later. The things I toss I always need within a couple months for something. Old wood is golden to guitar builders.The hammers may provive nice bracing materials/and dowels.
Not sure about over there, but over here upright pianos are totally worthless unless they are really top end. Too big, too heavy and not worth enough to bother moving.... hence I buried mine in my garden (yup, theres a pic on my page).
So from that point of view, I would think well used parts are of very limited value too... except to a CBG builder!
I took the black keys off mine and use them for bridges and nuts, the brass candle holders are now diddly bridges, and if it was in better condition, Id have taken the tuners too! Those long piano hinges come in useful as well.
On the wood front, theres probably a good lump of spruce or similair in there...
Enjoy your destruction and recreations!
The wood in the back is normally hard rock maple and it make great necks. One of the hardest woods you can get. I would take it apart and keep all I could. It might take you some time but you will get a tun of stuff to use I know. I help a friend do this same thing and he makes banjos and he was like he found gold when he got a old piano.
Ivory makes great plectrums!
I used to work for a piano rebuilding shop. We mostly had grands, but sometimes uprights. I agree with taking it apart and keeping the whole thing if you have the space for it.

The frame would have some great hardwoods for necks. Probably maple with a pretty veneer laminated on top, unless it's painted black.

The soundboard is quartersawn spruce, which would make great soundboards. It has spruce braces on it, which could be used for braces or reinforcements for the box.

The white keys have thin slices of ivory if the piano is old enough. You could laminate that to a greater thickness to make nuts or bridges.

The black keys are ebony which makes great nuts and bridges.

The pinblock (what the tuning pins fit into) is baltic birch plywood, which has got to be one of the densest materials ever - think long sustain. I'm thinking that would make a great diddley bow or lap steel.

The pedals and other hardware are probably brass (could be brass plated steel though). Brass is good for nuts and bridges.

Like someone else mentioned, you have the long piano hinge which you could cut up into smaller hinges for tailpieces or just to hinge your box. And of course, the strings.

Then you have the piano mechanism itself. Not sure what you could do with that, but you might be able to make some kind of whacky drum/percussion thing out of it.

What a gold mine! Kind of jealous - have fun!
Couldn't stop my dad from wrecking it. They must have built the house around this thing. The top lid, not for CBGs, I made a bar out of my 120 year old Cincinnati Krell upright top lid, turned it over and clearcoated it. Saved the ivory too. Is it ivory or plastic? Burn a small peice. Scrap the cast frame and buy stuff with the money.

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor



Recommended Links & Resources

Forum

Neck almost thru/ butt up end/ the string retainer side

Started by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music 1 hour ago. 16 Replies

Jim Morris Recreates Gus Cannon's Historic Banjo

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by Jim Morris 2 hours ago. 1 Reply

SHANE'S CHALLENGE: Let's Do Something Cool With Gus Cannon's First Banjo

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by Rooster Reaves 17 hours ago. 37 Replies

Extending headstock with different type of wood

Started by Nicholas Lee Van Divier in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Nicholas Lee Van Divier yesterday. 6 Replies

Blog Posts

Selling my guitars

Posted by HOGS GRUNT on June 25, 2016 at 3:12am 0 Comments

Starting up a CBG Club

Posted by smilingdog1 on June 18, 2016 at 10:06pm 2 Comments

Geeat Players

Posted by Allen on June 18, 2016 at 7:19am 1 Comment

Facebook

Posted by Fomhorach on June 17, 2016 at 1:24pm 1 Comment

Latest Activity

Paul Craig replied to Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com)'s discussion Blue Suede Shoes by The Incorrigible Tramps Band - feat. Charles Atchison
"Great job. Sometimes wished I could be in three places at one."
6 minutes ago
Metal hic replied to Darren's discussion G'day, another newbie in the group Introduce Yourself!
"Sorry you've got that fever too :) Welcome!"
10 minutes ago
Metal hic replied to Bernard D.'s discussion Another new member in the group Introduce Yourself!
"A cheesebox guitar is coming. bienvenue Bernard l'Auvergnat!"
13 minutes ago
Aaron Shields commented on wes carl's blog post Accoustic Guitar Magazine / CBG
"So does this magazine have some good info on building CBG. Or is there one just for CBG builders?"
19 minutes ago
Jesse Lively replied to Jesse Lively's discussion Removing a neck from an old acoustic. Tips or advice?
"I won't be putting the neck back on that guitar so i might just try cutting it out, but thank…"
20 minutes ago
Tim Cooke posted discussions
21 minutes ago
Paul Craig replied to Jac P Rosenberg's discussion Howdy in the group Introduce Yourself!
"hahaha"
24 minutes ago
Paul Craig replied to Darren's discussion G'day, another newbie in the group Introduce Yourself!
"Welcome and it sounds like you already have the sickness."
25 minutes ago
Paul Craig replied to Uncle Fred's discussion Wax pot Teisco Del Ray pickup
"The reason I asked was the piezo has such high impedance compared to a regular pickup. What works…"
27 minutes ago
Jesse Lively replied to Jesse Lively's discussion Removing a neck from an old acoustic. Tips or advice?
"I just looked for those now, no such luck, haha. "
27 minutes ago
Paul Craig left a comment for Rooster Reaves
"I guess you could look at it this way: If it's easy to cut and shape - it's easy to warp…"
32 minutes ago
Jim Tupper posted a status
"This latest guitar is my 231st build..A dog bowl resonator with a little bling added.."
40 minutes ago

Music

Loading…

© 2016   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service