i'm so excited!!!!!!! i bought a piano... of my very own.. i will post pictures as soon as i get it into the house!!
the story: i've been on the search for a piano that i could afford. a used one, hopefully not too old, but if it's old then that's OK.. just no broken keys, one that didn't need hammer/string replacement... hopefully no broken ivories.. etc.
well.. try to find a piano worth the notes played on it for under $500! it's very difficult! pianos tend to gain value as they age, not lose it. so... it's difficult to find one for cheap-- unless it's close to not working, or someone is just merciful and trying to get rid of it quickly for some reason.
i was a piano performance major in college (for the first year and 1/2 of school... then i changed majors). i have played since 3rd grade. i quit halfway through my soph. year in college... burned out! i hated being graded on the way i played... hated being forced to practice three or 4 hours a day... hated it! piano has always been the most primitive form of emotional expression for me, and i was quite good (hell, i got into music school with the talent) but i just didn't have the discipline to become a concert pianist. so, i quit. and... over the past year i've just gotten this deep, very deep and sometimes very sad longing to play again.
so, i've been combing the paper. and thursday night, i had this feeling in my gut that it was very important for me to comb the classifieds on friday morning (i get weekend delivery). well... i drove right off and forgot to retrieve the paper! so.. as soon as i got to work, i pulled up the online classifieds and .. .there it was, an ad for a piano priced at $250!! (thank god for the internet!!!!)
i wrote it down, along with a few others ($400, $500, etc). i just kept staring at the piece of paper... and then i felt myself picking up the phone. i made an appointment to go look at it that very evening (last night!).
when we walked in... i saw it in the corner and immediately fell in love with it. it's a tall upright, a deep mahogany (deep reddish brown) finish, that clearly hasn't been taken care of (the wood is extremely dry)... but the ivories were beautiful! i checked out the hammers and strings, and played every note to make sure that it worked and sounded OK. it did! just needs a serious tuning. there's just one very small chip on one of the ivories, but it's really not noticable. and with the help of my SWM we negotiated them down to $220!
the people that sold it to me were very special.. they have 6 foster children and just didn't have room for the piano, nor the time to play it. it'd belonged to the woman for a while, and she had paid $250 for it when she bought it from a friend, who'd had it in their family for many years. when she told us this, i felt guilty for having negotiated her down on the price.. but we had already agreed to it.
it's a done deal! i just have to make arrangements to transport it to our new home! i'm so excited! i was close to tears when we walked out of their house.. i think i will be in tears the first time i get to play it.. my new piano... in my house (ok, our house!)... it means so much to me that i will now get to start playing again, after having the desire rising from deep within me for so long.
now.... i just can't wait to have it delivered....