Friday, 18 January 2008

That is one big millstone.

About two years ago, I bought a used piano. It didn't cost very much, and I was excited to start playing again.

That makes me sound like someone who actually knows how to play, right? Heh. I had a few lessons when I was 10 years old, but I didn't stick at it. I've regretted my lack of piano playing skills for a long time now, so this inexpensive piano looked like a great opportunity!

Armed with Piano For Dummies, I got stuck in. Oh, except the piano sounded HORRIBLE! It hadn't been tuned in years, so I paid for a man to fix it up for me.

He did a good job, but told me that the piano itself is basically pretty-looking kindling. The pins are knackered, and the cost of replacing them would be roughly the same as buying a new upright piano. Well.

I played it for a while, until the twanging got to be more than I could bear. And now it sits in my living room, collecting junk and dust, as a testament to my ill-advised impulsive purchase habits.

The trouble is, I need to get rid of it, but I feel guilty about getting rid of it. It was going to be a centerpiece in our home! We were going to have sing-a-longs around this piano. I was going to force my kids to take piano lessons and everything. We were going to be a Musical Family.

I've got someone from Freecycle interested in it. Hopefully he will be able to take it off my hands and give it a good home. Otherwise, I'm not sure what I'll do with it. Maybe I'll set it out on the sidewalk with a "Free to a good home" sign. If that doesn't work, I might have to pay to get it taken away to the dump. Failing that, bonfire at the Cookie residence!

I feel like a traitor to all pianists out there for even suggesting the destruction of such a delicate instrument. Oh well, there's always the lime green clarinet sitting on the bookshelf.

Why yes, my house is the place where all unwanted musical instruments go to die.


Um... Yum! said...

Sometimes pianos just look nice. It can be aestetic rather than practical. Does it look nice?

RaisinCookies said...

I think so. It's old -- built in 1921 I think? So the wood is dark, beat up in places, and it just looks well-used and loved. If all my furniture could be old fashioned and made of dark wood, I would be happy.

Mercurior said...

i once saw an old piano converted into a tv unit, it looks like the normal piano but open the top and its a tv, with a dvd..

so even if its not going to be fixed or whatever i am sure you could find someone to alter it for you. so it still looks cool