Some time ago Hubby mentioned his wish that since we were buying a new house, he would like me to have another piano.
He’d been looking on Youtube and found quite a variety he thought might be suitable to choose from, and looked up dealerships where I could try before deciding to buy.
I remember buying my piano in 1998, using the entire household budget as we had, oh yeah, just moved into a new property. It really is a personal thing for me, so I was grateful and pleased for his consideration.
Sadly there are no local dealers, the nearest being in Lincoln so we had a field trip today.
It was also a good test for distance for Maggie being some 50 miles away, so quite a round trip for her since her last upset tummy.
The SatNav was duly programmed with the postcode and off we went.
The road we wanted to get to had been pedestrianized, so it was a matter of going round the corner and over the railway to an NCP car park and walking up to the High Street to our destination. Rather than leave Maggie in the car, we took a chance she’d be allowed inside the shop.
Aren’t shop assistants, especially for musical instruments, young? Or is it that I’m just old now.
Anyway, a very pleasant young man was called to assist me and soon realised that I was happy to be left to my own devices.
The keyboards Hubby had in mind were of the table top variety, but putting one on our dining table wouldn’t work as I couldn’t put my legs/knees underneath for my feet to use the damper pedal.
So I was looking for a free-standing instrument at a sensible price.
Our budget is considerably less than 19 years ago, but I did have a choice, and I was playing for almost an hour overall.
I opted for a Yamaha Arius 143 model, which was discounted in the shop and because I had the showroom model, I got a free stool to match.
We went for some lunch then came back so that we could load it in the car and bring it home. Surprisingly we got it in as it comes apart like my Clavinova 7 did, and the stool was flat-packed in a box.
It has a variety of tones on it, and some other gizmo features, so I will play with those tomorrow and put it through its paces, though to be honest I just wanted the sound of a piano and know that it is me making the noise, not an all singing all dancing rhythm microchip of sorts.
It will be good to play again as recently I have started to miss it, having sold my original piano in 2013. Playing for my Mum that day last month brought it home to me that maybe now was the time to think about a replacement.
Thank you Hubby.