After 10 hours of work Tuesday, I studied for a bit, and then took the plunge. I did very well on my final exam, getting 144 out of 150, so the A is a done deal. Yay!
I bought a nice bottle of wine with which to celebrate, but decided to not open it that late. But Wednesday or Thursday I expect to have a bit of that. :)
I saw a story in the news that struck a sad chord. Apparently more and more people are simply choosing to trash their old pianos, rather than donate them or give them away.
This strikes me as oddly bookendish, as if we have arrived at some juncture as a culture. I recall reading that in the mid nineteenth century the trail westward was strewn with discarded pianos as the overworked animals really couldn't bear the extra weight in the wagons. There was a time when having a piano was a symbol of prestige and refinement in a household. I wonder how anguished the decision was to pitch over the centerpiece of the parlor, but it must have dawned on people quite quickly that keeping the piano might mean the death of the draught animals, and that would mean none of their stuff would survive the journey. Now a piano is increasingly something big and clunky that many people don't want to pay the money to move professionally.
There's a lot that goes into moving a piano. In Dallas, one of my residents was a professional pianist with a 12' grand. His was an instrument he bought at auction in a delapidated state for about $25,000. I don't know how much the refurbishment cost, but aferward the piano was valued at about $125,000. He bought a house about 35 miles away, and it cost him about $7000 to have professional movers crate and ship this, but it was a matter of protecting his investment.
Now, crating and moving your average piano won't be $7000, but I don't see why people don't just put ads in their local papers or on Craig's list or something-- free to a good home-- you move it, you can have it.
Seems to me. It just seems a waste and a shame. I'm going to go practice my guitar now.
School's out for summer! School's out for, well, not forever, but I'll settle for a handful of weeks. :)