Following on from our article in the Telegraph newspaper on Sunday we were asked to speak to the presenter of a BBC Three Counties Radio programme to provide our opinion of just why so many old pianos are now being disposed of and about how we recycle the unwanted older pianos that are now unplayable?
Well, here’s our answer. Pianos can become increasingly difficult to play with age, especially if not kept in a good state of repair, developing issues like sticking notes as well tuning and pitch problems. We see many pianos which have been manufactured circa 1920’s – at nearly 100 years many are bound to be problematic. At a time when more advanced manufacturing has lowered the cost a quality piano, it can often make little sense to maintain a very old piano.
For any older pianos, we process them through The Piano Removal Company based in Bath and Bristol, where we have an experienced removal team that is able to safely dispose of any old unwanted pianos. Any pianos which are now unplayable are taken to a recycling centre in Bristol as they are able to recycle 95% of the piano, this considerably reduces any potential landfill waste.