My husband and I bought our gorgeous old Schiller cabinet grand piano for $25 early in our marriage. It had to be tuned to itself which wasn't a problem until we cajoled the renters after us into keeping the piano for six months until we could move it into the house we'd bought. The guy was a guitarist, so it was very annoying to him that the piano was a whole step flat. Oh.
When it was time to move the Schiller, it had to be turned on end to get it through the front door of our new house. Then, my husband's best friend, a professional musician, warned us that we were ruining our children's pitch, and the piano tuner said it couldn't be tuned again.
So, when my uncle called in August and said he was getting rid of his piano, we gritted our teeth and said yes.
|The Schiller being turned on end to leave.|
We had to off-load our beautiful, but not very musical, old Schiller piano. We tried in various ways (and my husband discovered that our piano, restored, was valued around $9000). Finally, the night before the new piano was coming, he disassembled the Schiller into its parts for wood, metal, and beautiful bric-a-brac. I helpfully stayed out of the dining room.
The new piano is now here - less majestic, less mellifluous, but eminently paintable when we have the time. And yes, it can be tuned. Notice how I skipped the trying details of the move? I fed everybody pancakes, bacon, and coffee. That was helpful.
Piano lessons got scrambled in the process (this was the beginning of August - I'm trying to catch up with my life), but Genevieve and I got started again once we got the homework-beast tamed.
Now, the problem is that Genevieve is struggling with this phase of piano lessons and I can't work out a new way to explain things, so she's very reluctant to practice her songs. She is still at the pinao, though, because she has just figured out all by herself how to sound out some simple melodies she loves. So I'm taking that as a sign of progress, and hoping we creep along with our thin patience until she can actually read music.
I proposed to my husband that we paint the piano dark, deep, bottle-green. But I'm not looking for projects right now, so I think the piano looks just fine.