Anyone else dispose of a piano by breaking it into pieces?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by The Mock Turtle Regulator, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. I had to get rid of an old cheap Supertone upright piano, and a piano refurbishment shop told me it wasn't worth anything and they'd charge me £70 to take it to the dump:mad:

    so I spent 3 days breaking it into bits small enough to put in the car, armed with just a crowbar, screwdriver, handsaw, bolt cutters and an electric drill.

    the iron frame was a b*tch to break up (fixed by odd square-headed countersunk screws), and the pieces were still pretty heavy.

    but that's one musical goal out the way:D

    anyone have piano-disposal related stories to tell? dropped one out of a plane/hit one with a car/truck, roll one down a hill into a wall etc?
  2. pkr2

    pkr2 Guest

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    Hope you saved some of the keys. The black ones are ebony and make great nuts and thumb rests etc.
    The ivory keys make beautiful inlay material.

  3. oops...

    actually I'm pretty sure the black keys on this one were just painted softwood, and the white keys were capped with some kind of plastic.

    apparently it was tuned a semitone down. I tried tuning it up to standard pitch but gave up halfway through.
  4. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    I could easily destroy anything. Should have called me... but then there is the other side of the freakin world issue...
  5. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    no piano carnage to speak of, but I did break a
    `77 Stingray in two in a bout of temporary insanity

    yup, I'm an idiot :bawl:
  6. ouch...

    I seem to remember an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for a team of martial arts experts breaking up a piano using bare hands and feet.

    I don't know how they could break the iron frame and strings, at least without injuring themselves....
  7. Killdar

    Killdar Guest

    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    I've seen a piano dropped from a crane before....that was certainly interesting.