One purchase could wreck a room.
That’s my fear.
Let me explain…
My nine year old took two years of group keyboard class and has now transitioned to private piano lessons. When he started keyboard class, our investment was small. We bought him a keyboard which he kept in his room. It served him well for two years and he has enthusiastically kept up with his practicing. And on those days when he wasn’t so enthusiastic, he still would practice without too much complaining!
When he began taking lessons on a piano instead of the keyboard class, we knew at some point we would have to invest in an actual piano. He has started complaining that his keyboard doesn’t have all the keys and he also needs to practice on piano pedals. I started investigating different piano dealers. We (and by we, I mean my husband), thought it would make sense to only look into used pianos at this point. But I thought most of the used pianos were either too expensive for what they were or too ugly to even think of buying!
Then the other day, my neighbor informed me she just looked at a piano that en elderly couple in the area was selling. She heard about the piano through her daughter’s piano teacher, who not only played the piano but told her she was crazy if she didn’t buy it!
My neighbor decided against the piano because she wanted a black baby grand and this piano was a brown upright. Actually, I shouldn’t say “upright”. It’s actually a “spinet”. Needless to say, I know nothing about pianos. Anyway, not only did the piano teach recommend buying it, but she had her piano tuner/repairman look it over. He told her a few keys stuck and it needed some minor work plus 2 or 3 tune ups. The seller is asking just $250.00 for the piano. With the moving, repairs and tune ups, we are still talking a little over $1,000.00 but that is still much less than I have seen online and in piano stores for used pianos. I must also remember that this is a learning piano. My son is only 9 and although this is his 3rd year in piano/keyboard, I cannot justify spending a boatload of money on a piano. Not that I have a boatload of money to spend, but you know what I mean!
Aesthetically, the piano is in great shape. The wood is not scratched and looks well taken care of. It has simple lines and the wood color will work with my living room. It is actually a beautiful instrument.
But, like I said above, this purchase could wreck this room. I am happy with the layout and the overall feel of my living room. The piano will most likely sit on the far wall where the tree and globe are now. You won’t be able to miss it. Do I want it to be such a focal point? I don’t know. I could imagine a beautiful baby grand in that back corner. It could enhance the room and become a beautiful focal point…but let me tell you, that is not going to happen. In this case, I have to choose being practical over being pretty. I do want my son to have a piano, so I have to be a little more realistic.
If I don’t want this new focal point, my only other option would be to squish the piano along the wall where I just updated my Target lamp vignette.
It can fit on this wall with only two inches to spare.
But do I want it there?
I just don’t know.
But what I do know is that I have a very happy 9 year old
who is finally getting the piano he has been asking for.
So I guess the inconvenience the piano will cause me
will all be worth it when I look at his precious smiling face!
Do you have a piano in your house?
Is it pretty or just practical?