In Seattle, I’ve settled into a cave with slate blue cabinets. I’ve gotten myself a mattress and a bed and a shelf.
Things have fallen into place bit by bit. I appreciate all the Artiden friends who reached out or sent a simple hello.
Here I am, sitting on a silver milk jug thinking about life in front of a plateful of cheese, in Seattle.
Every time I come to the Seattle Pike Market, I visit the handmade cheese factory. I love grilled cheese. I’ve always wanted to try crab pot, but by the time I finish my grilled cheese, I’m always too full. Pan the cheese fanatic drove down to visit me, and we were too busy eating cheese.
In music, I’ve always had a Yamaha acoustic piano, so in my mind, I was getting a Yamaha digital piano. It’s like my handmade grilled cheese. There’s no question.
I went to the music store to play most of the digital pianos they had while Pan looked like he was in pain. (Pan says I have to also say that he drove me there and back while I was asleep with my mouth wide open)
My first criteria was that I wanted the touch to feel like an acoustic. Good luck with that, Grace, most digitals don’t have real hammers inside.
The second was that I wanted it to have good sound quality and some kind of connectivity for recording.
That’s it. That’s all I asked for. If you want to see some of the research I’ve done about travel-sized digital pianos, take a look here.
I dallied at the music store and voted the Yamahas off the island right away. I am looking for THE ONE and as soon as I sat down, I knew it wasn’t a Yamaha.
I went back and forth playing a Casio and Roland, when a wannabe Beethoven started competing with me. I swear he turned up the volume on his digital piano, so I turned up mine too, since I couldn’t hear myself play.
In the end, I got a Roland FP30. It’s the closest to an acoustic in the store that’s in my budget.
Here is what I learned about shopping for pianos / starting your music studio:
- know what you DON’T want. I used to try pianos and say “I don’t know what I think of this”.
- watch videos where people sample different pianos and close your eyes – you’ll find that you’ll prefer one over the other, intuitively.
- be ready to fall in love with an unexpected piano.
- having a piano won’t motivate you to play piano. it’ll become a piece of furniture unless you’re already motivated to play. so it doesn’t matter how expensive or cheap your piano is, if you’re only looking for a new piano to “get motivated” to play more.
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