How much scrap metal could I get from a piano?

I know that grand pianos and small uprights have different amounts of metal. But I’m curious if there is enough metal in any piano to make it worth scrapping. I know the bass strings are steel, wrapped in copper. I think there must be some brass parts as well. Many people want to give away old junk pianos. I have moved several pianos in the past and have a moving trailor and tools. I’m wondering if I could turn a profit scrapping.


  1. shiprepairwoman
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    I don’t think so you could probably make more refinishing the wood and selling to people who want a piano even if they don’t play.

  2. webmailz
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    There is not enough metal weight in a piano to make it worth the time to scrap it. For scrap metal of any type to have full value it must be “clean”. For example, an old aluminum bike frame is worth a few dollars if it has been stripped of all the other non-metal components and cables. The value of it goes down by 50% if the metal is not “clean”. Steel is worth nothing compared to copper and aluminum.

    The wood from an old piano has no real value unless you just want to use it for shelving in your garage. It takes too much time and effort to refurbish it. Most piano wood is Canadian spruce and we have more spruce trees in the country than anything else!

    It is easier to make money going around collecting aluminum beer cans that people throw out. It’s clean metal and if you fill an average pickup truck box full of bagged up beer cans it’s worth about $300.

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