Monday, May 09, 2005
Well, it wasn't easy, but we finally have a wonderful grand piano in our home! Jonathan got it for only a fraction of what it is worth. So on Saturday, Jeremy, Josh, Jonathan, Joseph & Luke VonHolten made the trek down to downtown Chicago to a third story apartment to take a look at the piano. Yes, third story apartment. Like I said, it wasn't easy!
It's an extremely heavy 1984 Kawai Grand Piano, that hasn't been tuned since 1991, and has been moved twice since then. But aside from that it is in excellent condition - beautiful and the tone quality is wonderful! It took them nearly 2 hours to maneuver it out of the apartment down the stairs and into Jer's truck. Several construction workers who were working on a neighboring apartment just stood by and watched as the boys worked, grunted and sweated. The former owner of the piano also watched, but couldn't stand to watch... she was so attached to her piano. However the boys apparently met her approval as shortly after they left she called and left a message for Mom saying how wonderful they were, etc. She has also requested that Jonathan mail her pictures of the piano in its new home. In her words, it was like sending her baby off to college.
The boys got it safely home and then moved it up the porch and into the house... and then decided that they still had enough strength and energy to go and play a few hours of football and basketball at a church gathering that evening!
As you might imagine, we are excitedly looking forward to having the instrument tuned. Ahhh!