Well, it's been years in the planning, and I finally went out on Thursday and just DID IT -- I bought a baby grand piano!!
It's gorgeous! It's all black with a front wood facing. It's a 5'3" German "Perzina" which I learned is hand-made instead of mass produced. 90% of its parts are from Europe. And the front wood facing is Kawazinga Bobinga wood, which is from Africa. And it sounds sooooo nice! What a difference as compared to an upright piano. And what's really nice about this one is that you can close it up and actually lock it so that no one can play. This comes in handy when you have a bunch of little hands who want to pound on the keys all day! And also...you know how other kids will come over to play, and they see a piano, and everyone gravitates towards it and then you have about 4 to 5 kids pounding on the piano at the same time and it just about drives you nuts? And you wish you could just put the piano away but you can't because it's a piano and too big to put away anywhere? And the kids' parents say and do nothing to stop them? Well..... I will simply LOCK the piano before they even get here so that no one can even start pounding on the keys -- that eliminates that problem! Yay!
Anyway, here are some pictures of it. We have in it our formal living room.
So far Afton is the only one taking lessons. Tony can play a few things, and Audriana as well. I can play because I took lessons when I was younger. I want Avery and Alex to start lessons next. We have a teacher who comess on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 to give Afton her 45 minute lesson. Maybe after the New Year I will just have her continue with Avery and Alex's lessons following Afton. We'll see. Avery definitely has an interest. I don't know about Alex yet. Right now Afton plays at my level...she is getting pretty good. She has been in lessons now for about 2 years. I took lessons for 6 years but my level has dropped because I'm so out of practice. I can't read notes well. That is my downfall. I regret ever quitting. Oh well.