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Many parents dream of having their children learn to play the piano. Especially if you wish you had not quit lessons, you might make financial sacrifices to give your kids lessons. Plus, listening to them tickle the ivories on a family heirloom could make your heart sing.

In addition to developing musical skills, piano lessons increase math and language skills, improve emotional expression and sharpen fine-motor coordination. Yet, despite the advantages of learning to play an instrument provides, some pianos could expose you to a cancer-causing substance.

Where might you find asbestos in a piano?

Piano manufacturers are based all over the world. And considering various regulations about the use of asbestos, some instrument models may contain the carcinogen that causes mesothelioma.

It is not certain whether all piano makers once used asbestos. Though, if they did, you might find the contaminant in your instrument’s:

  • Dampers
  • Hammers
  • Music rack
  • Dehumidifier
  • Player parts

Yamaha claims no use of asbestos in the manufacturing of their pianos. Yet, many countries, and potentially multiple brands, utilized asbestos in pianos well into the 70s.

Piano manufacturers are known for their use of asbestos

The Cincinnati, Ohio Baldwin piano factory allegedly poses a risk of workplace exposure to asbestos. A likely conclusion is that the instruments produced there could be problematic in your home.

Additionally, Baldwin manufactured instruments under other names in their facilities around the globe. You might be wise to look into asbestos testing for pianos labeled:

  • Wurlitzer
  • Howard
  • Chickering
  • Hamilton
  • Acrosonic

Many mesothelioma cases relate to occupational exposure to asbestos. Though, you might want to explore your options if you suspect your piano is a health risk.

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