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One of our neighbors, (well not direct neighbor, he lives down the road). Is a really awesome elderly man.<br><br>
He is the kindest person on our road, he really is one of those, "I would give you the shirt off my back if you need it". Kind of guys.<br><br>
His wife died about 4 years ago from alzheimer's. She was just as awesome as he is, we didn't get to know her as well as others here have because when we bought our house she was already sick.<br><br>
Anyways, We really try to make him feel comfortable in his home, my boys take turns mowing his lawn, and my dh takes his garbage to the curb every friday, I do little things like bake him bread and we usually bring over meals during the week.<br><br>
Anyways he let a relative of his borrow a trailer from him to do some stuff. The relative got done with the trailer, and left it at my neighbors house with a Piano and an Organ in it. Like he didn't know what to do with them but needed them gone so he dumped them with my neighbor, who is 81 years old.<br><br>
My dh went over to him this morning to visit and my neighbor was a little worried about what to do with the piano and organ, my dh really wants to help him get rid of them, looks like the piano was left out in the rain at least once.. the organ looks to be in good shape.<br><br>
Any thoughts about how we can get rid of these for him?<br><br>
Have you ever gotten rid of a piano? I am guessing we will need some other man power, not sure if we can get it though lol
 

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A few places you could call:<br>
~local houses of worship. Lots of places have musical directors who like to tinker or might be able to use one of the instruments in a secondary rehearsal space.<br>
~local charities. Many of them near me at least will come pick up larger ticket items if they think they can make $$ reselling.<br>
~Freecycle or give-away boards (I would put them up at local music shops and the like)<br><br>
We have had to get rid of an upright piano that was left outside for ages. We just demo'd it with hammers and mallets until we could get it small enough for the trash cans. It was a bummer, I would have liked to have kept it.
 

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All good ideas. Thank you! I don't know why I didn't think of those lol. I have prego brain. I still can't figure out why I thought the remote belonged in the freezer this morning.<br><br>
I gotta get someone to come and get it lol, my husband is looking at it in a strange "I wonder what I can make out of that" way.
 

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Agree with dawningmaama about the organ, definitly post it to local groups or call around.<br><br>
As for the piano, we had one left on our house when we moved in. After a couple years of trying to figure out what to do (this was not our piano, it was left in the house) my DH and the kids took a sledge hammer to it. The local dump takes metal for free to be recycled so he brought all of that there and the wood they took too for a tiny fee. I hate doing that to a piano, but it was in bad shape, not worth anything and we had placed a couple ads to no avail. Once they are broken apart they are far easier to move, lol.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/praying.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="praying"> Please please please do not demolish the instruments. There are people, like us, who rescue instruments and restore them. We have rescued several pianos and an organ and a few guitars, etc. My 5 year old daughter is playing, as I type this, on a piano that sat in the rain on someone's back porch for 2 weeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> It took a lot but the piano is playable and it's a beautiful instrument.<br><br>
It's wonderful that you are going to help your neighbor find new homes for the piano and organ but it doesn't seem like a dire enough emergency to hack them apart and haul the bags to the dump <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
Please put a tarp over them and post on freecycle and craigslist asap. I beg you to do your very best to find new homes for the instruments.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/praying.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="praying"> Please please please do not demolish the instruments. There are people, like us, who rescue instruments and restore them. We have rescued several pianos and an organ and a few guitars, etc. My 5 year old daughter is playing, as I type this, on a piano that sat in the rain on someone's back porch for 2 weeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> It took a lot but the piano is playable and it's a beautiful instrument.<br><br>
It's wonderful that you are going to help your neighbor find new homes for the piano and organ but it doesn't seem like a dire enough emergency to hack them apart and haul the bags to the dump <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
Please put a tarp over them and post on freecycle and craigslist asap. I beg you to do your very best to find new homes for the instruments.</div>
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I think its pretty presumptive to say its not dire, our neighbor is 81 years old, he needs his trailer.. I cannot get the piano into my house, Its going to rain.. so either way the piano cannot stay in the trailer and we are not going to let it rot outside and look bad in our yard or his yard.<br><br>
I have posted asking what to do.. people are telling me what they did, and I see no reason to let this thing rot outside for months making everyones yard look bad.<br><br>
I have posted ads and contacted charities and some churches.. but in the end if no one wants it, its gonna have to be demo'd, Unless you want it? then by all means come and get it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I have posted ads and contacted charities and some churches.. but in the end if no one wants it, its gonna have to be demo'd, Unless you want it? then by all means come and get it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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Believe me, if there was *any* way I could get to MN and rescue the piano and organ, I would totally do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I certainly did not mean to minimize the situation but I do have a visceral reaction when I hear about destroying instruments. Music is my life - you should see our home <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Good luck to you and your neighbor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Believe me, if there was *any* way I could get to MN and rescue the piano and organ, I would totally do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I certainly did not mean to minimize the situation but I do have a visceral reaction when I hear about destroying instruments. Music is my life - you should see our home <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Good luck to you and your neighbor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Honestly the big issue here is the HOA, they have not noticed it yet, because my dh moved the trailer to the side of the house, but pretty soon the nit pickers will be out complaining about it.
 

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Someone came and took the piano! I really thought that would be the hard one to give away, much rougher shape then the organ.<br><br>
I made dh lug the organ down, and drag it into the garage, it works!! It has some surface wood damage but that is why it is nice to be married to a furniture making carpenter. We have decided to haul it in the workshop let him pretty it up a bit, then donate it somewhere if someone wants it.<br><br>
So all in all I am glad someone took the piano. Who knows if I had room we might even keep it, two of my kids play.. ya never know.
 

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Do you have any local music schools or performing arts academies? If all else fails I bet goodwill will gladly take it and they usually will come out with a moving van and retrieve the item.
 
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