One Piano Happy Blogger

So, I finally got the piano I’ve been chasing for months. Total cost: free.

I had trawled through the buy and sell with no real joy (budget was 200 Euro and no more), checked out a few second hand piano shops (who had advised me I’d be looking at 1800 quid upwards) but as fluke luck would have it, in the music listings on Gumtree.ie after breakfast Monday appeared “free piano”.

The piano itself is exactly the style I’m after, manufactured by TG Payne in London (must get an exact date on it) and it weighs a pure ton and more. Honest to God, heaviest thing I think I’ve ever had to lift!

The travel and getting it into the house likely knocked it out of tune a bit (middle two octaves seem fine, outside of that is questionable) but I also picked up the piano to challenge myself, first to get back into playing and second to learn about piano tuning.

So I get to chalk off a goal in life, didn’t think I’d get the piano itself for free but there you goo! My thanks to Maureen O’Brien in Drogheda for the piano and Shane Walsh of On Route Transport in Kilkenny for making the trip to pick it up and deliver to Kilkenny at 11pm last night 🙂

Author: Ken McGuire

Runs Event Media and The Devious Theatre Company and writes about food at Any Given Food. You'll find me on Twitter here and here.