Sunday, July 10, 2005

Piano For Free

Yesterday I put one of my pianos on freecycle. Yes, that's right. I own two pianos. I bought one from a church a few years ago so I'd have one to play. When my mom died, I got the one I learned to play on. I decided that only people who are concert pianists need two pianos and that one had to go.

The one from the church is a 1908 Remington - beautiful old piece with nice carving. It has been rebuilt at some point and holds a tune quite nicely. I've moved it into each of the three places I've lived in Hutchinson and I think it's time for someone else to enjoy it.

I had considered putting it in Diana's store to sell. She was very gracious about it, but I could tell she wasn't excited about it. So, yesterday I thought about freecycle and thought it was worth a try.

I had two responses within a few minutes of each other. One of them is going to be here in a few minutes to look at it and see if he wants it. He plays for his church but doesn't have one at home. Seems like it would be nice to go back to making music for a church.

If he doesn't want it, I'll contact the other lady who wants it for her children.

It was going to cost me to move it and I doubt I would have gotten any money out of it, so this will be a better solution for everyone.

I just hope they follow through. My experience with trying to give away the dog house a few months ago was that it was hard to give something away for free. I should have learned my lesson there. I said then that if I ever did this again, the item was going to the first person who said, "I'll come get it now."

I will miss the idea of having it. It's a beautiful piece, but I have a piano to play and it's only right that someone else have one to play as well. Besides, I'm not really using it well, anyway, and I can put the piano from my mom's in that floor space.

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