When I was a little girl, I learned to play the piano – a bit. My true musical love was the violin. One day the violin came to me, and decades later, we are still together. However, after the first few years, it took a backseat to my love of horses, and was unplayed for a long time. Horses could remove me from my environment as music could not do, and so it was …… then a few years ago, a mandolin came to me. Mandolin and violin are tuned the same, and I have to say, it was love at first sight when I happened upon it. So the mandolin and the horse co-existed for a time, as the horse and I took our walks down to the river, where I would sit and play on the river bank, while the horse Sally grazed.
Then we moved…………. and we lost that freedom…. and then Sally got ill…. and then she was gone.
Difficult as it was without her, and without any horse in my life, I made the decision that horses were gone and that music was to come forward again.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like piano music, I do, and in recent times had been playing a little on a friend’s modern Kawai. A lovely piano, yet somehow lacking the ‘soul’ I felt, of an old piano. Talking with a piano tuner, I knew there would be a compromise to be made between an accurate sound from a modern instrument, and having the feel of an old one. But lets face it, I was never going to perform in public, just amuse myself.
I’d had a couple of electronic keyboards over the years, but found them unsatisfactory for anything other than exercising my fingers. My lifestyle though, of frequently moving house, deemed it not appropriate to get a proper piano. They are not the smallest or the lightest of instruments to cart about.
However, not long after moving to my current address, I came across an old piano in a Salvation Army Opshop. It was at a price I could afford, and it included delivery. (They didn’t know I had steps!) I sought advice over the phone, and examined the internals, played it, and even found out it’s recent history. Yes, it was old and battered, but was playable and had a lovely sound, and would perhaps respond to some TLC and a tuning. It’s now had some TLC and is awaiting the arrival of the tuner. Slowly, I’m getting back into it again. And soon, I hope to pick up the others again. Stay tuned.
My friends together