Sunday, October 7, 2012
Piano Harp and Strings
The two owners of the shop had a fun assortment of piano works stashed in the back, including a wall of soundboards (harps) shelved up on the wall near an open door. I loved the curving detail of the strings, felt and pegs on this old Wurlitzer harp.
These guys go collecting old, junk pianos listed on Craigs List for free. Then, they gut the works to make computer desks out of the cases which are often made from exotic woods, especially the centenarian pianos. The harps they encase in a box, add legs and plexiglass. What you have then is a giant coffee table, train table, or dining nook table. As to what they do with the keys (the action), which are pure ivory, I've no idea. But what a recycling process!
End Of The Road Antiques, Falls City, Oregon. I was going to post a link to their store. Alas--there are still some businesses in the world who haven't developed a web presence. Imagine!