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The truth is, if you are in possession of a piano built pre-1950, your piano keys are almost certainly covered with ivory. There’s also the consideration of maintenance and repair–ivory keys should be replaced with ivory keys, both to maintain the value of the instrument, and for aesthetic reasons.
Do you live in the USA? Do you have a piano with ivory keys? You may soon be conducting illegal activity if you try to sell your piano, according to proposed changes by the Obama administration announced on Febraury 11,2014. First of all, I want to clear the air by saying that I don’t believe… Read More
Most of the piano keys are made out of wood and a cover of ivory or plastic is placed on top and in front of the keys. The pieces of ivory or plastic that go over the wooden keys are very thin. So, as a source of raw ivory, you are not working with much material when it comes to a single key top. The biggest problem you are going to face is ...
Because of the way ivory was harvested, it was necessary that one piano key be made with two pieces of ivory, not just one. The head of the key is the part that sticks out in front of the black keys, and the tail is the thinner part of the key that is between the black keys.
An English immigrant has vowed to fight an order to pay for the "vandalism" of his 123-year-old antique piano, which had its ivory key tops removed and dumped by New Zealand's Department of ...
This is used (pre-embargo) piano keytop ivory removed from piano keys over a period of many years in our piano key restoration business. All antique used piano ivory heads and tails may have small hair-line cracks and/or small nicks. The ivory color will vary from white to deep yellow. Thickness and grain lines will vary.
Jay Jackson is a California artist who recycles antique ebony and ivory piano keys into jewelry, giving new life to pianos past the point of repair.