Let's just get right to it, shall we? We bought a used piano yesterday! *And the peasants rejoiced*
Some friends in our ward are moving across the country in a few months and needed to get rid of a few things. We opted to take the trampoline off of their hands (the kids were pretty excited about that), and then they casually mentioned they would be selling their piano.
Last month we were *this* close to buying a used Baby Grand piano off of Craig's list, when it turned out to be too good to be true (it was so broken, it didn't even play) and I was completely crushed. Heartbroken! I've longed for a Baby Grand piano for a really long time, even though an upright would have been just fine. I think I've just been holding out for the dream (you know, putting all my eggs in one basket).
Brandon and I bought our Clavinova when I was pregnant with #1, and it has served us well (and through a lot of moves! Five, I believe...) for the last 13 years, but I have always desired the real thing! Any pianist can tell you that a digital piano just doesn't cut it. It works, it serves a purpose, it's nice to have volume control, the different sounds, the ability to record, headphones (ours broke), etc., but it just does not play like a real piano. It really doesn't. (Not even close, really.)
Anyway, when our friends named the price on the piano and Brandon went to see it, we were sold! Thanks to Bison (our van), we were able to pick it up ourselves (with the help of our friends and some Young Men in the ward), and the only thing left to do is hire a tuner to come tune the beauty. It plays like a dream, though (out of tune and all), and it felt divine to my hands (and heart!).
I had to rearrange the library (which I now call the Music Room and Library, but only in my mind, because it's too long to say, so it'll still be "the Library," and I can tell you're incredibly relieved by this, dear reader) and it felt great to put things in place. Yes, I know there are technically two pianos in the room, now, but given that there's not much room for the Clavinova elsewhere, and I can use it to practice the organ (minus foot pedals), it's not a bad idea. Music and books and a fireplace and a comfy couch? Best room in the house.
No other acoustic instrument can match the piano's expressive range, and no electric instrument can match its mystery.