I played the piano from age five to 22. From lessons, to contests, and lots of practicing in between, piano was a big part of my childhood. Not only was it something I enjoyed, most of the time it was really helpful as a singer. I want our kids to take lessons, but I want them to enjoy it, so I’m not trying to push them until they seem interested. Part of sparking that interest required us having a piano. I’ve had an alert on Craigslist for about six months now, and it’s been fascinating to see just how many pianos are on there. I wish they were still seen as a showpiece in the home, but public opinion’s loss is my gain. From grand Steinways selling for $15,000 which is cheap to mid century uprights for free…there is a mix of styles, colors and price points. I could have bought a number of them throughout the last few months, but I sat waiting for just the right one: stylish, wood, a good price, and close to our house.
I knew moving a piano wasn’t something Micah was going to be thrilled about, so something a few miles away verses a 40 minute drive made sense. I love the legs and tone of this beauty. The kids are loving banging on it at any given chance why did I want a piano? But seriously, it makes me sad that people don’t care to have a piano anymore. Aside from the entertainment and joy they can bring, they’re a beautiful piece of furniture that adds a ton of character to any space. And when we’re talking Craigslist prices, that’s a lot of character for a little money.
Now to figure out a new bench. This came with a “matching” one, but it’s in rough shape and the color is off…I doubt these started off together. I’m thinking something clean and modern with maybe a pop of color could be fun.
If you’re in the Kansas City area and are thinking about a piano, I found some great options for you. This one is cute and I love the embroidered bench. A simple and timeless piece. These uprights have the prettiest wood: here and here.
Do you have a piano in your home? If you’re in KC, I’d love some tuner recommendations!