Well; it decided to call it quits. It wasn’t even that old, mind you. That is the problem with technology; it might be handy, but it sure is delicate. It doesn’t matter if you’re especially careful or not; one good electronic surge and your device will call it quits. This, it seems, is what happened to our practically new keyboard. Rrrrr….
We are very adamant our children should learn to play piano. I don’t necessarily intend for our kiddos to be professionals or anything, but playing an instrument is good for the mind and encourages the arts. So, it looked like some research needed to be done.
At first, I thought we were just looking to invest in another keyboard. They’re little, they fit in the closet, and they come with all sorts of neat features. My husband, however, had other ideas. He thought we needed the real deal; a piano.
After weeks of searching online, we finally found one we liked and was a good price. Unfortunately, someone snatched it up just moments before we could. Luckily, another one came along quite quickly and we jumped at the opportunity.
Now… we have an early twentieth century, upright, mahogany piano sitting in our front room. It’s big, but it’s beautiful. Surprisingly, it didn’t cost all that much (we bought it from a gentleman looking to get rid of it) and it sounds lovely. Sure, it needs a little tuning, but that’s to be expected.
Why the real deal instead of another keyboard? Several reasons really. I think my guy likes the look of a real piano, first off. There is something nice about this instrument dominating its space. I also think he was just tired of replacing poorly made electronic gadgets put together in a rush.
While I was a little nervous at first, I have to say I like it! Before, my kids had to pull their keyboard out of the closet to practice daily. (I couldn’t see putting that technological machine out on display.) Now, they are free to practice any time they like; they stop frequently and play a few songs. It’s quite nice.
Don’t get me wrong. Keyboards are nice too! They have recording capabilities and sound diversity pianos don’t have. If you buy a really snazzy one, like our first one, it will even have built-in melodies and a note identifier. Keyboards are pretty handy.
My man and I are enjoying the learning experiences we’re being exposed to. Instead of paying a professional to tune our piano, we’re learning how to do it ourselves! We’re discovering new ways to clean, restore, and replace parts, when the time comes. There is so much to learn and all of it fascinating.
I certainly didn’t see this curve ball coming, especially not mid-learning year, but it is a welcome change. Now, if only things would stop falling apart.
Which do you prefer; the real deal or the electronic keyboard?
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” – Psalm 100:1