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'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
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Monday, June 23, 2008

This old piano

Many years ago, when we lived in town and when our children were very young, they started piano lessons. 30 minutes a lesson, once a week. I sat through each lesson with each child, watching and admiring the patience of the piano teacher we had been blessed to meet. She had angel wings on her back!

We purchased this old piano for them to practice on.Our home filled with the plunked out sounds of twinkle, twinkle, little star. Amazingly, it has a wonderful sound and is still in good condition, despite it's bad appearance. It has just come out of storage and we finally have been able to move it into our home out here. We have a steep front porch and at the time of our moving here, there was no way to move it. It has been sitting underneath a layer of blankets in our storage building. How much I have wanted it inside of our home!

This is stamped on the back, apparently the price back at that time. On the inside there is a label, that explains that it is also a player piano. There is no element to make it play, so it has just been used as a standard piano.

I gave it a good scrubbing and finally it is sitting where it belongs! It looks like it has always been here! I still need to re-do the surface and the surface of the piano bench, but once again, music from this wonderful piece can be heard through out our home. The kids, now pretty much grown, have all sat down and played a little tune on it already, scaring our cats out the door{:


papel1 said...

I think I see a violin on the wall. Does someone play it besides your wonderful piano. I can play the piano a little but played the violin up to a few years ago.

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...
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Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hi Judy, the violin, is extremely old. Needs a lot of repair. It is such a beautiful piece that I hate to hide it away in it's case. I also have a banjo a mandolin, and six string and 12 string guitar. They are now put away with long ago dreams of being a song writer , yet I have no regrets.{:

grammyof13 said...

Your piano story brings up my comparison story. My first piano was an old - gaudy- too heavy to move ANYWHERE one! I played it all the time. I refinished it into an antique finish (the going thing then). When we were transfered from Memphis to LR, I had to leave the old piano behind. I felt as though I was leaving one of my children behind. I actually grieved over that piano. I did purchase an almost new Baldwin after we got settled. I still have it, but I do occasionally remember my first one. With that said, I'm glad you have it in your home again. No home that loves music should be without one.

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

Its so beautiful and does look perfectly at home. What a treasure! You can't put a price on the memories it holds.


Farm Chick Paula said...

The piano sure does look pretty there in your house, Kathleen! I too have an old violin on the wall... neither one of us can play it but I think it's just pretty. Our other "babies" stay in the closet until Hubby and I get the urge to "pick"- Hubby's mandolin, the guitar my Daddy gave me, and my dobro stay snug in their cases. Bertha, my upright bass, stays in the corner collecting dust.
(And boy, can she collect dust!!)

Linda said...

Good morning Kathleen, this is such a lovely old piano. I love paino music and I think I do hear music. I've always thought is would be so fun to play Christmas carols and actually play H.B. at parties. I've always wanted to learn to play....do you? Enjoy...hugs, Linda

Jane Smith said...

I'm so glad you got it in the house. It's finally where it belongs.

Conni said...

Your piano looks right at home. A friend once said that every room should have the spirit of music in it. I believe that's true...

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Kathleen!

Love the story of this old piano and gald you were able to finally get it back into your home. You shinned it up "real pretty"! We still have the same piano our children used and now our grandchildren make sweet music on it! My husband is training to become a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) big word for a piano tuner when he retires to keep busy! He is loving it!

There is nothing like walking down the street and hearing sweet music coming out of someones home!

Do you remember the movie "Meet Me in St.Lousie"? Love the music in that one!

Have a wonderful day dear friend!