For several years, I've been without my own piano. In North Vancouver, we stored the church's keyboard at our house, so I would set it up and play during the week. When we moved to Kelowna, we left it with the church in North Vancouver, of course. So for a year and a half, I have had no keyboard at all. I've been squeezing in quick practices at the church when I could, but I really missed having my own piano and being able to play at my leisure.
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Wes has been watching the local Craigslist-type sale board, and we looked at one or two keyboards over the past year, but nothing promising ever came up. To buy a new one was pretty much out of the question. Although I wasn't hankering for the most expensive keyboard made, I didn't want to go super cheap either. We were looking at spending $800 or so . . . if we could ever scrape up that much at one time.
When I got my guitar, I figured a piano was out of the question. I'd just focus on the guitar and continue to practice the piano at the church and just forget about having a piano at home. I can't say I was content with it, but I was resigned to it.
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A week ago last Saturday evening, I was cleaning up the kitchen, and I picked up the newspaper to throw away. I thought it might have a coupon flyer in it, so I riffled through the sale papers to see. I came across a Best Buy paper, which I rarely look at because we have all the electronics we need, we're not in the market for appliances, we don't buy movies or video games . . . so no need to look at the paper.
But for some reason I opened that paper, and there I saw something that made me do a double-take: a Casio Privia Digital Piano for $199.00 (affiliate link). I thought there must be some mistake; something is wrong with these pianos or there's a typo or something. I began searching the fine print. All I could find was that they were reconditioned, which means they are used, but have been restored to factory condition.
Wes had to leave for men's prayer meeting shortly after I found the ad. While he was gone, I did some online digging. I found that this piano sells for around $500.00 new and is considered the top in its price range for sound and quality. All the reviews I read were positive. By this time, I was getting cautiously excited. I knew better than to get my hopes too high! I went over to the Best Buy website and checked the hours for our store. They closed at 6:00 p.m., and it was already about 6:20. I figured I'd have to wait until Monday, because we wouldn't have time to go on Sunday, and surely everyone in Kelowna was in the market for a digital piano and they would all be gone. Yes, I have lots of faith!
I finished my cleaning, not paying any attention to the clock. Wes texted me at 8:00 saying he was on his way home. He was over an hour later than usual! I knew he wasn't at Best Buy, because it was already closed. He must have needed to talk to one of the men at the prayer meeting or something.
Ten minutes later I heard his key in the door. He came in . . . and he had a huge box that said Casio on it! I immediately asked, "How did you get that? They're closed!" I don't know if I thought he'd broken in and stolen it? The hours on the website were wrong; they weren't closed yet (obviously).
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So now I have my own piano (complete with headphones so I can practice while Wes studies), and I love it! I love being able to sit down and just play to my heart's content.
Yes, I am terribly spoiled. I have two instruments now, when I was beginning to wonder if I'd even have one again. God has given me quite a bit of extra pampering lately! :)