25 February 2012

Moving my old upright piano

(Ronne, in front of his new toy–Wei's old toy under overhaul)

In 1985 Dad took out a loan of NTD 100,000 to buy me a YAMAHA U3 upright piano when he earned just more than 10,000 a month. It did cost him an arm and a leg. Although I didn't become a musician like Leonard Bernstein or Daniel Barenboim, I teach music at National Taiwan University, which has made him a proud and gratified parent.

Sorry but I really can't bother to fork out an extravagant amount (at least NTD 200,000 nowadays) to buy another YAMAHA U3 for Ronne. Thus, I decided to move the one old in my parents' apartment to my place. I have also engaged a piano restoration specialist to start an overhaul of this 27-year-old pianoforte.

Fortunately, this black sound-producing device is still in very good condition. Only hammer butt flanges (something numbered 25 in the diagram below) need servicing. It'll take the specialist about ten days to restore all the butt flanges of the 88 keys to working order.

The black wooden case, enclosing the soundboard, strings and the keyboard, is now in my living room awaiting the butt flanges. In must more than a week's time, Ronne will be playing with this new toy.

(Image from International Piano Supply)


Janey said...

How were you able to move your piano from your parents to your place? I have to transport my baby grande to my new apartment, and I want to make sure that it gets there in one piece. I'm thinking of hiring piano movers in Toronto to help me with it. Did you hire any movers, or did you just do it yourself?

Wei said...

Hi Janey,

Sorry for responding so late. As you may have known, I haven't updated my weblog for quite a while and seldom check it.

Yes, I hired a mover and do recommend that you engage a professional one. Never try to move a baby grande from one home to another, said my old piano master.

Wish you all the best.