So last night was #1’s first piano lesson. He had a great time (they went for a full hour instead of just 45 minutes), and was excited about practicing that same night. We’ll see how it pans out for 20 min twice a day, including at least one weekend day.
The bad news is, I have discovered that our “piano” is possibly inadequate. I thought we had a digital piano with “piano touch“, but it turns out the Kurzweil Ensemble Grande Piano we were given by my parents actually has “76 weighted keys with velocity sensitive action”. I.e. the harder you hit a key (more accurately, the faster you depress a key), the louder the synthesized piano sound plays. But it doesn’t really feel like a piano, i.e. the weighted keys are not exactly Graded Hammer Action. I don’t know how important that is at the earliest stages. But the bigger (?) problem is 76 keys (instead of 88). It’s probably not much of a practical limitation, but in the first exercises of getting acquainted with the entire keyboard, #1 can’t practice at home the same way he will play at his lesson.
So I’m thinking about getting a piano. Given my family’s history with pianos (dad‘s previous career as a tuner, technician, rebuilder, refinisher, and reseller of pianos kept our family in government cheese), I could undoubtedly launch an extensive and time-consuming search for just the right piano at just the right price. But I’m not really interested in buying a good piano, at least not at this point. Why buy a good piano, when pianos are apparently falling from the sky (look out!), and virtually free for anybody with access to a pickup truck? (At these prices, I’d be surprised if I couldn’t make a profit from reselling the steel, lumber, and veneer)