Arrrghhh! Where did almost a month go? Seems the house has been full of grandkids (Jake on weekends and Gigi 2 other days of the week) and now Nils is back to teaching 3 days a week, and two daughters are in the middle of a move, and....it just seems life keeps getting in the way of studio time!
But today Nils is off to school all day, and no one else is here and I don't have to go anywhere (until tomorrow), so hopefully between laundry and all rest I will indeed get some studio time. It's time to photo some art for jurying into Local 14 (I hope....jurying is now, show not till Sept/Oct) for one thing....and then this weekend, Jake and I will start disassembling the piano.
What piano, you ask? The college where Nils teaching was having a big sale of excess furniture, etc, and in the mix were about 6 or 8 old upright pianos. We offered $10 for one, and got it. That was the easy part. Well, the other easy part was having 4 strong men to load it into the trailer to bring home. The not-so-easy part was what followed!
Jake, Nils and I were the unloading crew. An older man, an older woman and an almost 12-year-old do not equal 4 strong men, not matter how you look at it.
Fortunately we were able to back the trailer right up to the big doors on the studio. Check. Then the hard part. The piano has to weigh 300# at least. Just sliding it off the trailer onto the concrete floor of the studio took nearly 1/2 an hour and a couple near tragic incidents. Then the problem was the piano was in the trailer on its side, not upright, and it seemed to be very happy to remain in that position.
Assisted by a large jack, several blocks, 3 struggling people of various ages and strengths, we FINALLY got it upright...1 1/2 hours total to get that thing unloaded. At one point the support underneath collapsed and just missed falling on Nils!
Jake and I plan to start disassembling it this weekend (it does not work) for all those cool keys and hammers and bits and pieces. We'll see how challenging all of that is. Think I'll look online to see if anyone has any tips....
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