Having decided that we’re going to buy a digital, this brings up the question of whether our old upright (henceforth to be referred to as “Ole Bessie” or merely “Bessie”) really is obsolete. Consider:
- Jillian and I are still playing Bessie on a daily basis. Yes, I have my complaints, but if she (Bessie, that is, not Jillian) isn’t useless now, she may be equally not-useless in a few months.
- The soundboard crack is capricious. Some days, it's so bad, I can't stand the feel (to say nothing of the sound) of the piano. On other days, there's no sign at all the anything is amiss. It's been a cool Spring, which seems to agree with her.
- Selfishly, having more than one piano in the house increases the odds I can grab some bench time when the opportunity arises. After all, in about 8 months, Jason is going to begin HIS lessons, and it's hard enough negotiating practice time with just Jillian.
- The new house is going to be roughly 4800 square feet. Even after we combine our stuff with the in-laws’, it doesn’t add up to 4800 square feet worth of stuff. We’re not in a position to be throwing away large pieces of furniture.
- Bessie already has a cracked soundboard. What’s the risk in moving her? That we might damage her*? Please. I know this is heresy to those of you in the industry, who hate the idea of laypeople moving pianos. But if you’ve been with us for awhile, you know that the real owner of the piano is my brother-in-law, a professional mover. He’ll be the one in charge of this ordeal. And sure, for all we know, maybe he’s the one who cracked the thing in the first place. But it's his piano, and there really isn't much more damage we can inflict on her.
Anyway, one Thanksgiving, we were in
It wasn’t funny at the time. Well, yes it was. He did have a point.