Actually, my old piano is at present lodging at Crossway Church on the New Kent road, and I ( and the church!) would be absolutely delighted to see it go to a good home. You'd have to collect it, though...
Send me a private message if you want to pursue this, Sarah.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 31 January 2005 7.52pm by jimtherev.
> As a pianist myself (ooh, that makes me sound a
> bit grand - I actually just played for a few years
> when I was younger), <snip>
She's being very modest - she actually got up to grade gazillion.
Sarah - have you contacted the Driscoll House Hotel (New Kent Rd)?
they advertise in their leaflet that they have "piano's available on every floor" (or something similar....)
maybe they have one they going spare...?
[have just checked their website, and it doesn't mention pianos but I'm sure I've seen it on a leaflet]
You don't want just any old man with a van. You want somebody who will be kind to a piano.
The removal costs of a piano will be greater than many shattered old pianos are worth.
Buy something that is half-decent, and the children will enjoy playing it more. There is nothing more soul destroying than banging away at a knackered old machine that sounds awful 7 won't tune properly.
An out-of-tune ancient second hand piano probably won't tune up properly. Moreover, it will take several tunings before it stays in tune - if ever it will.
A good piano won't require tuning more than once a year, so that'll save you #50 per year. I think (subject to Jimtherev) you should be budgeting at about #1,000 of second-hand piano. i know it sounds like a lot. But if they wanted to learn the violin, you'd have to buy them one each. And new, you would be looking at a couple of hundred pounds each. For a clarinet, it would be yet more.
PS, i am in no way related to Phoney TM; Ivanhoe or any of the other individuals posting on this site!