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Theres a product called "Psscat" or something that is basically canned air with a motion-activated switch on top. I left it on my lid for just a few weeks- the cats don't go there anymore and it's been a year.


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Theres a product called "Psscat" or something that is basically canned air with a motion-activated switch on top. I left it on my lid for just a few weeks- the cats don't go there anymore and it's been a year.


LOL, I've seen that on Youtube! It's great!!


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Originally Posted by MooseNotes
No one has mentioned acoustics in a small room yet.

In the AB forum, someone just shared a photo of their piano room. I think she just acquired her first grand and didn't anticipate it sounding so loud. It's not an enclosed room like yours seems to be, and it's bigger.

She has a large area rug and some furniture and now needs to add some tapestries to help nullify some of that extra sound.

So that's another thing to consider.

But I also like Cassia's comment and wonder if this would be an enjoyable experiment for you.


I wondered about this, as well. My room was actually a music room before we moved in. It's carpeted and also has carpeting halfway up the walls. However, my upright is still pretty loud, IMO, and I just started wearing ear muffs when doing scales and technical stuff. Got the idea from these forums, which is awesome, can't believe the difference! Anyway, yeah.....a grand would be even louder.


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Well, if you get more cats and put their cat trees and beds in there, they can help absorb some of that sound.

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If this were me, my train of thought would be..... will I always be wondering what that grand was like?
If you can keep both pianos, why not. I have always wanted a grand, very happy with my upright, but would love to upgrade to a grand. Life is short. Follow your gut and your passion. (Of course after you have it checked out.) As for the loudness that is also up to how loud you play. Watched "Seymour, An Introduction", amazing documentary. Nice Steinway grand in a one room studio apartment.

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My personal view is that there is something about a grand piano that makes it so much more enjoyable to play than an upright. So when you go to see the piano in the morning, ask yourself if you really really like the piano (or even better, if you love it). Does it look handsome? Do you like the feel of the action, and is it smooth? Do you love the sound of the piano? Does your tech give it a vote of confidence? If the answers to these questions are positive, then I would say go for it. Don't worry about clutter and moving things around, your enjoyment of the instrument will outweigh those. But if you have any doubts, then pass on this one and wait for another.

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Thank you, everybody!! This was very, very helpful! Lots of great food for thought, tomorrow morning will be quite interesting. It's wonderful to have so many people to bounce ideas off of. Grateful to all of you!


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If the tech says it's decent, I would go for it. You've got the money, the space, and the desire. Any grand piano that plays well for under $5000 is a good deal, in my area anyway.


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PS: Of course, you're asking a bunch of piano freaks, not normal people. smile


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Only you can answer the question, of course. If it really is special, and a good deal...... I know what I would do.


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Ahh, so glad you mentioned Seymour. I've never heard of him before and just found the documentary on Netflix.

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After sleeping on it, I decided to let this grand go. It's just not the right time. When I got my U1, I was so enthusiastic and excited, but this was more stressful and uncertain. Not the right time. I can wait.

Thanks for everyone's help in this decision!


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Sounds like you made the right call. Good luck in your future search!


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I can't believe I'm saying this, but....

I made an offer.

I went to look, just out of curiosity, LOL, right? It's NOT pristine. It's really dusty, keys are dirty, it's untuned, and probably has been that way for a long time. The case is nice, but no, it's not pristine by a long shot. Why can't people close the lid, for goodness sake? And is it so hard to wipe the keys down?

Anyway, the action is very good, which surprised me. And the sound was surprisingly good for being out of tune. My U1 was also untuned for years when I bought it, and sounded about the same. My tech agrees that it'll take about 2-3 smaller tunings to get it to pitch. We need to be careful with the strings. The strings are in good condition. One had some oxidation, but overall they were in good shape. The base is sound. The pedals were fine, all the keys were fine. It needs some work to get it cleaned up and up to spot, but I don't mind a project.

So I made an offer of $3600, tax included. When I got there to look at it, the price had been dropped to $3900 + tax. Sale ends at 4pm today, and goes again tomorrow 9-4 and that's the last day. No takers so far. They said they'd get back to me tonight or first thing in the morning.

Either way, I'm fine with it. I'm trying not to get attached to any outcome. I'm letting the universe decide, LOL.

I'll keep you all updated!

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Ha, I knew you'd go. I just had a feeling and woke up this morning, thinking, "All she needs to do is just drive there!" :o)

I think you're in for an exciting project. I really hope you get to bring that piano home.

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I would not buy it unless you can actually sit at it and play it first. If you love it after that, you will know what to do.


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It is funny that sellers don't have instruments in this price range tuned before trying to sell them! I have a feeling they will be taking you up on your offer.

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Originally Posted by JimF
I would not buy it unless you can actually sit at it and play it first. If you love it after that, you will know what to do.


I did! I was there for about half an hour. smile


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Originally Posted by MooseNotes
Ha, I knew you'd go. I just had a feeling and woke up this morning, thinking, "All she needs to do is just drive there!" :o)

I think you're in for an exciting project. I really hope you get to bring that piano home.


Life is an adventure! It will be interesting to see where this goes. On another note, I figured out the space issue, so that's solved, as well. I am now decorating the new music room in my mind, LOL.

If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, I get to keep my money and won't have to re-paint the library. smile


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