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A Family Replaces an Antique Piano Heirloom


During a recent cross country move, the Blevins family received significant damage to a family heirloom. This pitch perfect instrument, a beautiful walnut wood baby grand, had been handed down to them in a will from a deceased grandmother and had been an important piece of family tradition. It was a lovely piece of furniture but its damage was extensive and they were forced to consider purchasing a new baby grand. Fortunately, as the unpacking continued further, they were pleased to see that many of their musical accessories remained unscathed. Their piano stool survived the move in excellent shape. They quickly located their bench cushions, as well as their piano lamps, metronome, sheet music, and their collection of songbooks and hymnals. They soon realized they had everything they needed for their music room except of course, for their damaged centerpiece. In the home they had always taken extra care to use a piano cover, a grand piano cover to be exact. They had bought the covers special from a woman who sews piano covers by hand. The Blevins had never shopped for an instrument before, and were not sure where to begin. They thought about what they were looking for in the instrument they were going to purchase. Since several family members were keyboard players, they definitely wanted a quality instrument. They also wanted very much to enjoy the instrument as a piece of fine furniture. They had been spoiled before with their now damaged antique bringing its wood beauty to their décor. They hoped to find another piece that would be visually attractive, as well as highly functional. They took a look at the music room in their new home. They asked themselves what kind of keyboard would be the best fit. They considered three different instrument options.

The first type of instrument they priced was of the baby grand variety. This was the type they were most familiar with. They knew they liked the size and scope of that particular instrument and felt that baby grand’s were capable of producing a rich, deep sound while still being a pleasing volume for a residential property. They felt that in respect to its appearance as a piece of furniture, it was a significant addition to the music room. However, price wise, they weren’t sure they were ready to spend the many thousands of dollars required in the purchase of a baby grand.

The Blevins family also decided to consider the purchase of an upright. They had heard that upright keyboards, like baby grands, also provide a rich tonal quality, but are slightly more compact then the baby grand style. While they had decorated around their grandmother’s baby grand, they liked the potential décor options with an upright. For example, they had always loved the style of the 1940’s and knew that an upright style would blend nicely with that decorating scheme. The price point was more appealing than that of the baby grand, yet still a bit on the high side for their budget.

The third consideration was the purchase of a spinet type instrument. They did not know too much about this type, only that they were widely known as an economical purchase. As they played a floor model in a music store, they noticed that its quality was slightly less dependable than either the baby grand or the upright. They found its size to be cute and compact, and liked the fact that it could be easily moved because of its wheeled legs. They found its price point appealing as well.

Chuck R. Stewart recently spent time researching pianos and piano covers for his family home. He decided on an upright piano and an upright piano cover.


May 14, 2017