Before Christmas, Rodney went down to Haug's Music in Hannibal and bought my gift. It is a restored 1937 Wurlitzer Spinet Piano. Albert Haug is rumored to have spent many sleepless nights with this piano. Restoring the painted legs from almost ruined to beautiful. Who knows if this is true but I do know that Rodney paid $325 for it and hauled it back to Quincy so that I could have it in the store. He says, "It wasn't even heavy!"
After Frank and Rodney went to the chiropractor, they were glad to come back to the store and listen to me struggle to play the piano. It had been 25 years since I had last played anything on a piano.... What was I thinking that I could remember to play it? It took me 3 weeks to begin to remember the notes, a few more weeks to remember the classical music I used to play, and now I am taking piano lessons from Steve Buckman so that I can join in to the jam sessions we have in the store..... Someday.
The first day we had the piano in the store, someone offered to buy it. Firmly, I stated, "It is not for sale." This is a phrase I have had to repeat often. Who knew this piano would be so appealing to so many different people? I have had people come in and bang around on it and others that play beautiful songs. During some of our jam sessions, The Mighty One, Adam Yates has pounded out the melodies as guitarist play in a circle around the store! It is a great old piano and "mostly" in tune.
A couple of days ago a man in his early 30s came into the store. He looked at the piano and said, "That was going to be my piano. Did you get it at Haug's last December?" Really! He said that. He further went on to explain that he told Albert he wanted the piano. He also told Albert that he had to leave town for the week but would be in the next weekend to buy the piano. When he arrived the next week, the piano was gone. Sold. Not to be his. Mine. ;)
He politely asked if he could play my piano and I said, "Yes." He played some classical music and then some more modern songs. When he was done he let me know that it had found a good home at Second String Music. I personally think he would have given it a better home but am glad I have had the chance to re-learn piano on this beautiful instrument.
The very next day another gentleman came in to drop off a bass to be repaired. Noticing the piano, he asked if it had been in Haug's Music in Hannibal. THAT is when I heard the tale of Albert's loving restoration of the piano from a painted and almost ruined piano to the beautiful piece she is today. (Yes, I now feel guilty for how little we paid for the piano.) Of course I made up the sleepless nights thing. Albert is 93 and needs his rest!
We will be moving our store to a new location in July and this old piano will be making the journey with us. I PROMISE, it isn't heavy at all!