As the article introduces, "Many old pianos are now being dumped, abandoned, neglected, smashed - even burnt. Why is this happening, and should we care?". Well, per my earlier post, yes we should!
The full article is well worth a read, though the key points I'd like to draw from it for comment here are:
- The late 1800s and early 1900s represented the highpoint of piano popularity and production
- As we are now 100+ years on from that time, the pianos made a century ago are now deteriorating with age (let alone having their sought-after nature superceded by more modern forms of entertainment).
- Camden Town in London was the heart of the piano-making industry in the UK - in 1920 it was home to around 100 piano factories and workshops and employing 6,000 people.
- "A young woman who was good at playing the piano was regarded as better marriage material"!
- Interestingly, the comment is made that because pianos were being made to meet such huge demand at the time - every home needing to have one in the '20s! - quality often suffered. According to Marcus Roberts of Roberts Pianos in Oxford, "In the 1920s, they were made for the mass market. They were not made to last, they were made to sell".
- Several comments are made on the various uses for recycled parts of a piano, however as Blake Cooper of Cooper Piano in Atlanta is quoted - "It's an emotional thing. The piano is like a form of expression... All those pianos had somebody happy at some time... All those pianos did that. They really don't owe us anything. People were happy, even if only for a moment. Did the piano smile? I don't know - it might have."
Read the full article "Will Your Piano End Up In The Dump?".
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