Last year my mother gave me the most incredible gift…she parted with the piano that has been in our family since I was a little girl. I would have only been four or five, but I remember them moving it into the living room of our ranch house. All of my brothers and sisters learned how to play on that piano.
I remember my dad, tired from working outside, laying down and asking me to play “Hymne” by Vangelis and “The Homecoming” by Hagood Hardy. Needless to say, I felt elated and a little guilty that I would get to keep this piano. I assured my mother it was in good hands.
It is a beautiful piano. I haven’t seen many more uprights that are quite that elaborate. It is a Kimball, and the man who tuned it told me it was a 1904 model. He told me Kimball wasn’t known for having the highest quality pianos, but that there were a few years they built a very high quality piano, and mine was built during that period. I can tell you it still sounds fantastic (a lot better than new ones), and it has had minimal work done on it. But, that is all I knew. I recently decided to investigate it, and I found out some very interesting things. Here is a picture of my piano:
I found out I have a very unique piano. It is an antique Victorian upright. At the turn of the century, these pianos were made in Chicago. They were made out of three kinds of woods: rosewood, mahogany, and there were a few made out of oak. However, at the time, oak wasn’t considered to be “exotic” and was less desirable, and there weren’t very many cases made out of it. My piano is made out of quarter-sawn oak, so it is one of the rare ones! One exactly like it sold on antiquepianoshop.com for $10,000.00!
Here is the picture of the advertisement of my piano. Isn’t it great?!
Mine will definitely never be for sale. My two little girls will get to learn on it just as I did, and that can’t be replaced with any amount of money!