I have worked in musical instrument manufacture, repair , retail and performance for 30 years. Since 2003 I have served as an instrument technician at All Instruments, Westbury Wilts. Although not directly involved in the piano side of the business I was involved in attempts to solve a problem common to most piano dealers and restorers. What do you do with a scrap piano?
Environmental concerns plus the simple desire to make use of something that would otherwise be thrown away has led me down this path. It started small with a set of bellows for Northumbrian pipes , then a cajon and now electric guitars and basses. I have no idea where this journey will end.
As a musician I've enjoyed a diverse career taking in rock ,country, folk, early music and theatre shows contributing bass and vocals to folk rock band Back Before Breakfast and country bands The Dooks and The Johnsons. Although primarily a bass player I accidentally became lead guitarist of the glam punk band Sock in 2019.
I'm now based near Dorchester making instruments using recycled materials wherever possible. I'm concentrating on electric guitars and basses at the moment but always experimenting with new ideas. While pianos are the main source of materials so far like any keen scavenger I keep my eyes open for potential raw materials.
Dominic Allan 2020