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I so win at impulse buying [Jan. 13th, 2008|08:20 am]
Howdy! Remember me? The one who  spent six years agonizing over whether to buy a $99 trash can? Who once spent two weeks debating whether or not to spend seven bucks to replace a 20-year-old makeup brush? Well, there's another side to me. The side that came out yesterday.

Because, yesterday, I bought a piano. Do I play the piano? No. Does Husband play the piano? No. Do the kids play piano? No, no, and no. But I've wanted one for a really long time. And there's a big piano store close to our house, that I drive past every day on the way home from work, and they had a banner out that said PIANO SALE in giant red letters.

Well, they had a PIANO SALE banner out last month. But I didn't go to the piano store last month, because that's how I roll. And of course, last month I hadn't decided not to spend any more money for the next three months. 

In any case, while we were out and about running errands yesterday, I convinced Husband to stop by the piano store, just to look. I wanted to get an idea of how much pianos cost. And of course they were way expensive. When I told the sales guy I was just looking for a practice piano for the kids to learn on, he took us upstairs to the used piano room. And I found it. The piano of my dreams.

It's an old Conway upright. A really tall clunky upright. It's all banged up and the stain is half worn off the black keys so they're actually sort of green and chunks of the veneer are missing and one leg is crooked and I love it. It's kind of like this one, only the legs aren't as fancy and the varnish has all gone black so you can't see the wood grain at all and I don't think it has the decorative moulding around the top, so maybe it's not like that one at all, except for, you know, it being a piano.

But it has a lovely sound (all the spinet-types sounded plinky to me) and the felts are all new and I get two free tunings (one when it's delivered and another within six months, not that I could ever tell if the thing went out of tune in the first place). And I get points because it was the cheapest piano in the whole store. 

Guess I need to learn to play the piano.

From: misty_bay
2008-01-13 03:34 pm (UTC)

Learning to play the piano

is one of the easiest things to do.

If not, it would look nice with some pictures and an ivy plant on top. :O)

Seriously, I think you should invest in getting the kids, or at least the boy, some lessons. He's a creative soul, a perfect outlet for him.

All you really need is to learn the basic notes and chords, and the rest is just practice, practice, practice.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-01-15 03:58 am (UTC)

Re: Learning to play the piano

We have a former neighbor who is a music teacher - I think we're going to giver her a call and see how much she charges for lessons.
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[User Picture]From: thecranewife
2008-01-13 03:51 pm (UTC)
Sol would love this post. He has an enormous breadth of musical knowledge (plays like 15 instruments) He would so do this.

Congratulations on your piano project :)
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-01-15 03:59 am (UTC)
I played flute for about 7 years and Husband used to play the violin, but I'm not even sure I can still read music. I guess I'll find out soon!
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2008-01-13 04:21 pm (UTC)
Oh fun! Enjoy the learning!
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-01-15 04:00 am (UTC)
I think my husband will declare a "No Practicing before 10:00 AM" rule.
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[User Picture]From: shabbyesque
2008-01-13 04:22 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I would love to buy a piano! How fun. :)
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-01-15 04:00 am (UTC)
I have wanted one forever!
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[User Picture]From: jchammonds
2008-01-13 06:17 pm (UTC)
Yep, you win! But, you can invest in lessons and then your home will be filled with beautiful music!
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-01-15 04:05 am (UTC)
Well, maybe if I invest in lessons for the kids...
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From: blissonbliss
2008-01-14 04:45 am (UTC)
Oh I'm so jealous. A REAL piano. If you discover any book or tape or something you like that will teach you to play in 30 days, other than a human being, please pass it on! I'm sick of only playing Ode to Joy and When the Saints Go Marching In.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-01-15 04:06 am (UTC)
I think I am going to learn "Fur Elise" and "Moonlight Sonata". Maybe I should pick a third song...perhaps "Great Balls of Fire".
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[User Picture]From: julzlady
2008-01-14 06:10 pm (UTC)

sooooo jealous!

The first thing I'm going to do when I have a house of my own is buy a piano. I've wanted one since I was a little girl, but I move so often that it would be insane to buy one before we've settled somewhere. I learned how to play in college, and picked it up really quickly, so I feel confident that if I had a piano in my possession, I would be able to re-learn the skill. And I've wanted the boys to have lessons since they were toddlers, but there's no sense getting lessons if they don't have something to practice on at home (and Devin INSISTS that having an electric keyboard is not good enough, so they can't have lessons until we have a real piano).
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-01-15 04:08 am (UTC)

Re: sooooo jealous!

We had a piano in the house when I was growing up, and although I never really played it, I played with it quite a bit. I'm anxious for the two younger kids to learn, since they've never done anything musical (Oldest Daughter has a beautiful voice and has always done choir).
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2008-01-15 02:55 pm (UTC)
One is never too old to take piano lessons, says my friend who is a piano teacher. ;) Something I've wanted to do for YEARS myself. My grandmother bought me an old, old, old piano that also has a self-player - saloon type of thing on it (does that make sense?) when I was 10. It's still in my mother's basement but one of these days when/If we buy a house, it's going in it. My mother plays it beautifully but I need lessons. I didn't inherit her natural talent.

Are your kids interested in playing? Even if not, I think a piano adds warmth to a home.

Congratulations on getting a good buy!
Take care!
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-01-16 03:37 pm (UTC)
Growing up, I always wanted a player piano. I thought they were the coolest things ever.

I think the kids will be interested once we have it. I swear The Boy played every piano in the store while we were looking. It will be interesting to see if they have the patience to learn. The two at home have the "If I can't do it on the first try, why bother" syndrome when it comes to most things.
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[User Picture]From: millimom
2008-01-16 07:03 am (UTC)
This is a perfect example why I love you. You agonize over the easy decisions and run head long into hard ones! You balance.

I can't ever own a piano. My parents rented one when I was a kid because I convinced them that I was going to take lessons and practice, practice, practice.

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-01-16 03:38 pm (UTC)
We actually considered renting - they have a deal where the first six months rent can be applied to the purchase of any piano in the store. But I couldn't do that, because it would make sense.
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