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Classical music: The US is undergoing an epidemic of “piano-cide.” Perfectly good piano are being dumped and trashed. Is it happening here in Madison and Wisconsin? What can be done about it. Can pianos be rescued? Part 1 of 2. | August 11, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

As a devoted and even devout pianist, I always used to find myself pained by piano abuse – even by, say, rocker Jerry Lee Lewis (below) with his foot-stomping and hand-banging and doing endless harsh glissandos on the piano. (I am not a guitarist, but I felt the same way when The Who used to destroy its guitars at the end of a show.)

So you can imagine my distress when I found out that vast numbers of usable and even beautiful, valuable old pianos are being dumped and discarded, trashed and destroyed, simply because no one takes the time to find them a good home and an appreciative player.

Here is the story from The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/arts/music/for-more-pianos-last-note-is-thud-in-the-dump.html?pagewanted=all

Happily, the reporter Daniel J. Wakin received so much response that he ended up writing a sequel that has tips about how to save pianos. Look for that tomorrow.

What do you have to say about the predicament and the solution? Leave your view in the COMMENT section.

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  1. [...] Classical music: The US is undergoing an epidemic of “piano-cide.” Perfectly good piano … (welltempered.wordpress.com) [...]

    Pingback by The Piano’s Tale | The Write Stuff — September 18, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  2. [...] By Jacob Stockinger As a devoted and even devout pianist, I always used to find myself pained by piano abuse – even by, say, rocker Jerry Lee Lewis (below) with his foot-stomping and hand-banging and doing endless …  [...]

    Pingback by Classical music: The US is undergoing an epidemic of “piano-cide ... | Music House | Scoop.it — August 12, 2012 @ 9:46 am

  3. The flip side is parents who think a ‘clunker’ is good enough for their child to begin lessons. Beginning students need the best piano parents can manage: they are developing their ear, their hand musculature, their ability to play expressively on a responsive instrument. By all means, treat a ‘deceased’ piano with respect, but don’t give it to a piano student!

    Comment by Susan Fiore — August 11, 2012 @ 7:25 am

  4. Our neighborhood has a listserv and I put up a notice that I was giving my spinet piano away. Got about ten responses, and one family carted it away very happily.
    It was not in tip-top shape, but still very playable,

    Comment by AnnB. — August 11, 2012 @ 7:15 am

  5. Sorry but I’m speechless. 😢

    Comment by Yvette Smith — August 11, 2012 @ 6:25 am


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