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    Posted: 14 Oct 2018 at 3:39pm
What’s the worst condition that a piano can be damaged to? Due to humidity problem in Singapore, pianos are easy to get mouldy, rusty, sticky... Here’s some pianos in bad condition that I have met in Singapore.





Strings rusty and broken, clothes inside mouldy


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 Hammers stained and mouldy

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This is a very old model, metal parts rusty, hammers overused and sticky






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KAWAI grand piano, strings rusty and broken






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Can these pianos be restored? The manpower cost in Singapore is not cheap. I saw someone provide piano disposal service. Maybe arranging disposal is the only choice eventually
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Many old pianos are now being dumped, abandoned, neglected, smashed - even burnt. Why is this happening, and should we care?


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Loosening the strings, and separating the wood from the metal takes around 10 hours. If a piano has really been neglected it might have attracted rats or mice, who like to eat the animal glue used to hold it together and nuzzle up to the felt, meaning that hantavirus - a deadly disease spread by rodents - is a danger.

But it is well worth the bother, argues Hirschfelder. The strings for example are made of high grade steel, and are so strong they can be used as cables for airplanes.

The keys are made of ebony and ivory, which he has seen made into jewellery, artwork - even exclusive tiling around swimming pools.

Pianos are often not made of solid wood, but have a thick wood veneer instead, and this is still worth saving and re-using.

Some people make furniture of it, but this is usually done on a small-scale piece by piece basis.

Where Hirschfelder lives wood recycling services are not available, so it is often burned or turned into wood chip to scatter on gardens.

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Even those who take a business-like approach to piano disposal and regularly throws out pianos which are beyond repair, don't always feel happy about it.

"I'm not going to tell them I'm going to chop it up and put it in a hopper. It's an emotional thing. "

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The piano is like a form of expression, and all of a sudden, you're dealing in a strange situation.
All those pianos had somebody happy at some time, even if only for a moment. Did the piano smile?
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