Saturday, March 9, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
I felt a little hesitant last night about this whole piano experience. What if we can't even get it tuned?
Call a tuner, you may say. Or, did you not look into this before you started such a crazy project?
But I'm here to yell you that even with a jerry-rigged wrench, I have successfully fixed the high note that used to sound really bad. We have discovered all the notes are a half step flat-a true alto paino, but they are mostly in tune with each other...until you drop low.
So we will press forward.
And just you wait. The color is something else...as far as pianos go.
Friday, March 1, 2013
# your home: The first place you might want to look for something 2ndhand is in your own home, especially if you are looking for a project. What is hiding in a corner or covered with a blanket of which you are ashamed that could have potential as your pride and glory?
# freecycle: Let me tell you, the person who told me about freecycle changed my life forever. Everything is and must be FREE! freecycle.org is the starting ground if you are new to freecycle. It is a little bit different everywhere you go. In my region it is a group on Yahoo. I get emails everyday from fellow freecyclers of stuff they want or are offering. Take advantage of your email's filter power or else you will get 50+ emails a day. You do have to register and be approved and there are some rules, but it is pretty nifty.
# craigslist: I'm a craigslist lover. It is classifieds online. What is not to love? craigslist.org is, again, your starting point. I have found everything from apartments to rent to people to tutor to shelves filled with 100+ books. And don't forget to barter. Make an offer if the price is a little too high for what you want. craigslist also has a FREE section. Peruse it every once and awhile!
# thrift stores: Never underestimate the power of a good thrift store. If you are near a thrift store and are in need of something, stop by and take a look. Things come and things go and frequency is key.
# friends: One man's junk is another man's treasure. And so it is with the piano and with our dining room table and with our couch. If someone is getting rid of something and it fits your need, don't be shy!
# yard sales, curb sides, and dumpsters: Seriously. You never know what people are getting rid of and what mode they use to get rid of it. Keep your eyes peeled!
+ Do you have any experience obtaining items 2ndhand?
+ What are your best tactics?
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Here's what happened:
We thought a lot about this new and upcoming piano desk. I wrote a little story about it and I published it on this blog. And then I started taking the piano apart to prepare it for its new life as a desk. But here's the thing...when E came home from school he said, "Oh look! The piano's not broken any more." And me in my making-dinner stupor said, "Yeah, whatever."
But then, really, E was right. I investigated the piano, and what do you know?! The keys that used to not play, played and the hammers that were once a little wanky were all straight!
Do you need proof?
This picture I took at 4:04 PM on February 26, 2013.
Your focus should be primarily on the hammers that are not aligned. THIS IS NOT NORMAL and it leads to a not normal piano playing experience.
This picture I took at 2:13 PM on February 27, 2013.
Your focus should now be on the beautiful alignment of the hammers (aside from the G below middle C hammer, which is in fact the low low low C hammer that was called in as a replacement...and what is one its butt? A clothes pin. That's how we role here in 2ndhand land.)
The difference? I unscrewed the bridge that sits behind the keys. Woops!
The piano will no longer be a desk. It will remain a piano. But it is still in for a good make over and a great project. Stick around and see what we have for you.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
But a little more ingenuity would lead to a better idea. An idea that may change your life forever. And this is it: why not make it into a desk?
You see, we have been living 2ndhand for awhile now and the desk we found for free by the dumpster is kind of getting old, not to mention ugly and un-ergonomic. So, let's make a project out of the piano and make it useful in this house of ours.
One man's junk is another man's treasure. In our case we happen to be the same "man". Stay tuned to see how it turns out and feel free to offer suggestions to make it even extra shnazzy-er!
What color would you paint your
Would you take the keys out and put a wood surface in or would you leave the keys and put a glass surface over the top?
Do you think we're crazy?