Mysterious grand piano found on sandbar

Jan 25 2011 - 6:20pm

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A piano has been spotted sitting on a sandbar in the water by residents that live along Biscayne Bay in North Miami, Florida, as seen January 18, 2011.
Allison Diaz/Miami Herald/MCT
A piano has been spotted sitting on a sandbar in the water by residents that live along Biscayne Bay in North Miami, Florida, as seen January 18, 2011.

MIAMI -- Here's a mystery that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "piano bar."

A grand piano recently appeared on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay. Whoever put it there placed it at the highest point of the sandbar so that it's not underwater during high tide.

How and why the piano got there is a mystery. A grand piano weighs at least 650 pounds and is unwieldly to move, said Bob Shapiro, a salesman at Piano Music Center in Pembroke Park, Fla. "You don't take it out there in a rowboat," Shapiro said.

This much is clear, however: The piano isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Unless it becomes a danger to wildlife or boaters, authorities have no plans to haul it away.

"We are not responsible for removing such items," said Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "Even a car can become a habitat for wildlife. Unless the item becomes a navigational hazard, the Coast Guard would not get involved."

The marine patrols of both the North Miami Police Department and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the same thing.

From Quayside, the shape of the piano is visible to the naked eye, but with a pair of binoculars or a telephoto lense, seagulls can be seen landing on the instrument and water lapping at its legs.

Throwing away a grand piano may seem like a waste of money, but it may not be. In decent condition, a used grand piano would cost at least $3,000 to $4,000. But many pianos wear out from the literally tons of pressure on the internal parts. Cheaper models aren't worth the cost of rebuilding.

"It could be worth nothing," Shapiro said. "Pianos don't grow old gracefully. They just wear out."

(Staff writer Scott Andron contributed to this report.)

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