A piano that has reached the end of its musical life is both a financial and physical burden; and often an emotional dilemma and source of conflict for families. The cost of restoring a piano can easily run tens of thousands of dollars in addition to ongoing tuning, regulation, and routine maintenance. With the exception of Steinways and a few other high-end brands, it doesn’t make financial sense to restore an old piano—it is not cost effective.
Used pianos abound on websites like eBay and Craig’s List, driving prices down and making them difficult, often impossible, to sell. And with removal costs of several hundred dollars, even giving a piano away can be expensive. Abandonment is often the only option. Grand Statement offers a meaningful and manageable alternative, giving your treasured, old piano a new beginning, a second chance.
Millions of pianos were made in American factories between 1900 and 1930—this was the golden age of piano-making. In 1910 alone almost 365,000* pianos were sold to adorn American homes. With the changing times, a hundred years later, annual sales have fallen to around 30,000 to 40,000. Given that pianos rarely last over 80 years, that’s a lot of pianos coming to the end of their musical lives. Sadly many of then end up in landfill sites—such an undignified end for a dignified and beloved possession.
*National Piano Manufacturers Association
"The Knabe baby grand did a cartwheel and landed on its back, legs poking into the air. A Lester upright thudded onto its side with a final groan of strings, a death- rattling chord. After 10 pianos were dumped, a small yellow loader with a claw in front scuttled in like a vicious beetle, crushing keyboards, soundboards and cases into a pile……. where pianos go to die."
From New York Times article,
by Daniel J. Wakin, July 29, 2012
(i) it allows your family to keep your beautiful piano (and all its memories) in a new and different form; and (ii) it promotes sustainability, and reduces our carbon emissions by keeping materials out of landfills.
The Elephant in the Room
Hundreds of pounds of metal and wood end up in landfill sites every year. Happily there is an alternative—finding harmony between past and future.Grand Statement is a win-win solution, a ‘twofer’:
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful William Morris (1834-1896)