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Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? #2442146
07/17/15 11:01 AM
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Hello all,

Not sure who knows what but the bottom line is that I survived a brutal divorce financially (protected my pension but got no cash, from our home), emotionally (sustained exposure to sudden, repeated, overt affairs, jealousy over my music life) and the list goes on and on. Anyway- as it turns out, my only precious possession is my Steinway b- and I just cannot afford to keep it any longer (huge payments, financed, no longer appropriate to own) ... I was able to negotiate a "trade down" at the Steinway dealer where I purchased it years ago as I do not have the necessary time to find a buyer to recover any cash. I will have a very beat up Steinway L but played nice enough for me to continue studies & practice. For that, I am grateful.

The piano trade will occur next Thursday and I have permission to inscribe the smallest "marking" somewhere in the underbelly. I'd love to inscribe a word of thanks, of appreciation for the time I had with this lovely instrument as I am not sure I will ever have the priviledge of having such a piano such as this again. I want to convey to you that this "b" had a particularly sweet, almost harp-like, precious tone to it. The action so regular (and delightfully fast and accommodating to produce the clearest of trills!) Oh, it is a sweet love. I thought sharing this among other pianists....well, you'd understand. So, in pressing my "mark" underneath the piano, I'd like to have a matching, small tattoo so that I feel ever connected to this instrument. I do think it will help my grief. It has been a brutal year and I am still processing it all! (You see, about 14 months ago I thought we were happy and all was lovely in our marriage... so I didn't see this coming!) Okay- well, thanks for reading and I know I haven't been here so much as life just took over in the most pressing way! I am grateful for my health, my never wavering love of music, dear friends, colleagues, and fellow pianists- be grateful for your pianos!

Here's my question: any ideas for a lovely iconic marking or phrase that means: sweetest of tone + love + gratitude? Those are my inspiring thoughts towards a tattoo of some sort... any quote from a composer that conveys this? Any small image or icon, perhaps? Thank you!

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Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442148
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Better idea: Save your money until you can get the piano you want.


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Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442151
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This was my only way out of the debt- to take a very cheap piano- as I still owed $ on it. I am saving my money for the piano that I want- I imagine that will take years and I am okay with that. Are you suggesting to skip the tattoo idea? smile

Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442156
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Heart outline, piano in middle and music notes coming out? T If piano in middle is too complex, an intertwined S and your first initial. This is as creative as I can get but it might give you a start to thinking.

Sorry you have no way out of this decision and such a tough time.


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Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442158
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Photo of you with the piano and a good quality recording of you playing something you think brings out its best qualities?


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Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442163
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Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442168
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I'm sorry for your losses.

Sometimes decisions made under emotional stress are not appropriate once life normalizes.

Is it possible that a tattoo will end up a constant reminder of both lost piano and the person causing its necessity? Plus, when others learn the reason behind the tattoo they may see you as a person who won't or can't move on. (Worst part being they will never be certain if it's the piano or the relationship behind the tattoo.)

I agree that a framed photo of your piano to stand guard over your temporary acquisition might work out better in the long run.



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Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442175
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I'm with Tararex on this, all the way.

Moreover, the fad for tattoos is one that I have a great deal of difficulty with, whatever their size or message; I haven't seen one that I would like engraved on my skin. When you're old and grey and the skin begins to do what it inevitably does in old age, tattoos can be even more unsightly than they are when new.

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Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442182
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S&S lyre logo? "Model B Always in My Heart."

I'm not so opposed to tattoos as I am to bad art as a permanent acquisition. And pain. 😀


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Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442217
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Tararex +1

Sorry to hear your loss

But I also wouldn't go for the tatoo.

How about
- make some good recordings with a good and well-placed mic. Record all the notes separately. Invite some friends that can also play on it. Whatever.
- give it a good cleaning
- do a photoshoot.



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Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: wouter79] #2442232
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Even though I have tattoos, I wouldn't suggest getting a tattoo of the piano.

As mentioned by a previous poster, there are a mixed bag of emotions tied to your current state, and perhaps those memories and feelings would be dredged up every time you looked at your tat.

Your piano sounds real classy, and I think a beautiful framed picture of it would be a great way to honor it. If you are a good photographer, you could even make an artsy photobook that you could put on your coffee table for guests to peruse.

Good luck with everything. I hope your music gives you comfort in your time of need!

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I know you are emotionally involved right now - but it is about the music that you make, not the piano that you make it on. Pianos come and go, they even change from year to year (or season to season). Pianists have to cope with many different pianos, good and bad, and still make music...

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Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442255
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I would not get a tatoo for a sad memory. Every time you look at it, it will be a reminder. I have 2 for happy memories. And even though I do not look at them every day, when it does, they make me smile.

Very sad for your situation. As others have suggested a picture is a nice alternative and if you find looking at it makes you sad, you can always put it away for another day.


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Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442272
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The vast majority of tattoos seem to be obtained during a state of emotional flux, but yet if I were asked to conjure a kind of decision that feels almost prototypical of one ill-suited for such periods of time, "get a tattoo" would likely be right up there. Along with "go to Las Vegas", "tell your [insert family member here] how you really feel", or "invest any amount of money that could be reasonably described as 'my life savings'".

I suppose if you keep it small and unobtrusive it stands less of a chance of being something that either you simply don't like later, or something which reminds you of that which you'd prefer not to be constantly reminded of.

Of course this risk can be mitigated entirely by simply not getting a tattoo right now.

If you'll excuse me, I have a phone call to make to my mother-in-law.

Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442276
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I'm with the others advocating not getting the tattoo. If you really, really must, make a pact with yourself to wait 12 months--and then re-evaluate.

As for the symbol you leave with the piano--how about a grace note? It sounds as though the piano brought a touch of grace to your life.


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Originally Posted by Stubbie
...As for the symbol you leave with the piano--how about a grace note? It sounds as though the piano brought a touch of grace to your life.


Nice!

Everyone can use a little bit of grace!

And it will come in handy if you want to dance La Bamba!


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Re: Saying good bye to my piano with a matching tatoo! Ideas? [Re: P I A N O piano] #2442331
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Wow! Such insight! Thank you! I didn't think about my age/skin issue with the tattoo... hmmm, not so attractive! (I mean, I am 56 and still... should consider this sort of thing.)

I fully appreciate any piano. I approach all pianos as potential "friends!" In fact, I am drawn to pianos! Especially pianos who seem to crave attention... so, my next piano is perfect in every way. It's just that, well, I had a chance to taste some super fine wine. Or, a Ferrari, as I've been told. I know it will be loved by someone else. I am exposing the "emotional me" versus the "thinking, logical me!"



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