Is it legal to recycle old piano keytop from people?

Hi there,

I wonder if it is legal to collect or recycle some keytop(ivory keys) from old junk pianos from people? If we dont collect it, some people would throw the pianos away or destory it anyway.

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C. Anthony avatar
12 months ago #2
C. Anthony
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there is no reason to keep old ivory key tops or if you want to, keep them, so what. If there are some nut cases, probably liberals, let them throw away their pianos. If people are that stupid let them be stupid. And yes, you can collect old ivory, but there is nothing to do with them.

Think about it! just what would you do with them.

Forget the whole thing, it is a waste of time.

Recycle? recycle for WHAT!

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12 months ago #3
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well, recycle old key, we could re-work on it and make it looks perfect again. The reasons to do the recycling can be 2:
1. some customers want ivory keys piano on their old pianos, simply it is their demand (show off). Otherwise, no one would like to do anything with the old keys, waste time and money.
2. Just to restore some keys and replace them for some rare antique pianos in the museum. It would be very costly or illegal to make new ivory keys for those antique pianos in the museum. It also looks weird if the antique pianos come with plastic keys.

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12 months ago #4
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Old pianos can be re-covered with plastic type of materials. Many old pianos that had ivory that were chipped etc, put on plastic key tops.

Also, I don't know if you have ever recover a piano with old ivory. If you have not done this, you will find out that the work will cost several hundred $$$. You have to polish, clean and remove the under glue and replace the intermediate fabric to adhere to the wood and to the ivory. VERY, VERY timer consuming! You would be looking at about close to $1000 to re do old ivory.

You can have key old ivory pieces to put on just a few on a piano here and there, but I don't think anyone would want to pay for the full keyboard.

The material that we have now is so much better that ivory.
However, ivory does have qualities and has a certain type of touch. Yamaha perfected material that is very similar to ivory characteristics.

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12 months ago #5
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We have done recover-ivory keys professionally before. Since we have picked out the most good keys, it would not be that costly to do it.

I do agree with you. Modern plastic keys are good enough for playing and the quality is very good. However, still there is a specific group of customers(collectors) want buy old pianos not necessarily for playing but as piece of cool furniture at home. They desire the "quality and uniqueness" to make their pianos more collectiable and be different.

It does increase the sales value and help sell piano quicker than other piano dealers.

Thanks a lot for your ideas.

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