The Prairie Family has a new-to-us acoustic piano! We are delighted! I have always loved my digital piano and really wouldn’t trade it for anything, but I have wanted to get a “regular” piano for quite awhile. My kids have always practiced on my digital piano, but when they play in public, it is usually on an acoustic. The touch of an acoustic is just different enough that it takes them a little bit to adjust.
This particular piano belonged to a special couple who were leaders in my church when I was growing up. They have both recently passed away, and their daughter thought I might like to have the piano. Dan and I both agreed that we would love to have the piano, but we really weren’t sure that we could get it into our house! Our house has sharp turns at each of its entrances, and we have always had problems moving large objects in and out of our house. That’s probably why we waited so long to get a piano–we had no idea how we’d get it in here! We told them that we’d do some checking around about moving the piano and that we would be happy to give it a new home if we could figure out the details.
We definitely live “on the prarie,” and there are few resources like piano movers in our area. The nearest option was in a larger town 1 1/2 hours away. We contacted that music store to see if they could help us, and they said they could do that, but we would have to pay mileage, delivery fees, etc. We explained the doors of our house, and they thought they’d be able to get the piano in, so we said that we’d like to be put on their list. Well, within a few days, they called and had other pianos to deliver in our area anyway, so they said they’d come move the piano for the regular fee for delivering in their own town! Boy, were we happy! So, they loaded up the piano, brought it to our house, squeezed it through the door/entry way by tipping it on its side, and set it down in its new home. Their service was well worth the price of having them do it–they knew how to tip the piano and move it safely.
The kids love this piano! It sits in the same room as my computer, right in the middle of our upstairs. The kids all have songbooks at the piano and sit down to play for fun very, very often. They consider the digital their “serious practice” instrument, and this piano the “fun” instrument. Now, that is cool–seeing them play just for fun the things they like is very rewarding! Kara has discovered that she can play and read the notes well enough to learn songs on her own. She is currently working herself through a beginner hymn book and is memorizing the songs as she goes! 🙂 Brock, who has not played the piano for several years, has also begun sitting down to plunk out songs. He has discovered that he remembers more than he thought he did, and that playing the piano is actually fun! He is considering starting back up with lessons, and I think that would be great.
So, we are very happy to have this new-to-us piano. It is filling our home with happy sounds!