Monday, September 27, 2010

A Colorful Case

If you are wondering what’s in the quilted bag on our dining room table, unbutton the large yellow button and take a look.  Craigslist has answered my keyboard search with a 61-key Casio electronic piano.
A trusted friend steered me away from my first choice yesterday because it didn’t have a  “piano touch” feature, meaning it might be a fun toy but it would not double as a practice piano.  So I sent off an email to someone offering a used version for $100 of the item I was about to buy new on Amazon for $139.
We exchanged a couple of messages in which she told me she had upgraded to a more serious piano for her own use.  She said she had paid $259 for the keyboard and stand 6 months ago.  She wasn’t selling the stand.  But when she heard why I needed it, she dropped the price to $75.  I found a $19 stand on Amazon with free shipping and considered $94 a good deal.  
We made our transaction after my lunch in DC today.  When she brought it out wrapped in a dry cleaning plastic bag to protect it from the drizzle, I realized I needed to come up with a storage bag of some sort.
My stash of quilted fabric came in handy as I eked out just enough to cover the keyboard.  Two prints because that’s all there was.  I thought it was a rather happy combination which would appeal to a 9-year-old.  The large yellow button will keep it from sliding out the end.
I’m happy with the keyboard.  It seems to work just fine.  The keys have a nice action to them and the sound is quite good.  I think it’s a bargain that should meet Margalen’s needs.  I’m just hoping the stand has a very low position because she is quite short with all her Mayan genes!
One of you may recognize the fabric...  


Blogger Cyndy said...

That bag you made is gorgeous! Margalen is very lucky to have such a devoted piano teacher.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

I love what you are doing! What a gift to Margalen.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Cyndy, Terry -- I love an excuse for a sewing project!

9:15 PM  
Blogger e said...

What a wonderful cover and gift...that kid will remember your generosity, I'm sure.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

You are the best piano teacher ever! How wonderful. I wish you were closer so you could teach me.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

E -- You are probably right. She is really a sweet little girl. She is somewhat of a miracle baby, having been born 3 months premature at 1 pound.

Gary -- I too wish you lived closer. We would have a great time and you WOULD LEARN TO PLAY THE PIANO!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

You are so great, Barbara! This is wonderful.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recognize the fabric :-)

12:56 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

wow, just you writing that made me feel like one day I could actually learn. You are a great teacher!

7:56 PM  
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7:56 PM  
Anonymous Laura ( Huck ) said...

Hmmm... I should email you about piano lessons. We have the same keyboard sitting at home and needs someone to learn to play more than a one fingered 'heart and soul!"

10:04 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Laura -- I might have to know what I was doing to teach an adult! :) If you're willing to take a chance, send me an email. We could learn together.

10:15 AM  

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