I turned to craigs list, and found a piano in a neighboring town of Burkburnett Tx. This piano sounded amazing! a Wurlitzer piano, with a warranty, for $100! I called the man gave him my name and said Id be there around 10 am today. Well I then enlisted the help of my best friend Mitchell to go and help me get it. Well Tuesday gets here, and 10am rolls around... and no Mitchell?! I call and he's helping his dad, we finally left around noon. We go and get a trailer to put the piano on and that was a job in itself, the light connection didnt work, the license plate was dated 2000, and the pin that holds the latch was missing. None the less Mitchell hooked it up, I used a steel rod and bailing wire to keep the ball latch locked. but before we left I said "Wheres the spare?" Mitchell "Oh its somewhere...who knows, lets go" and away we go to Burk.
When we arrived at the place, the piano was being kept in the kitchen, as I walked up to it the man started changing his story. The first thing I noticed is one key was broken on the "low" end, the man said "Oh we were playing it one last time last night and got a little carried away..." I started quizzing him about how much it would cost to fix, and got him to knock $25 off ($75). I noted how old it looked and he said "Oh yes its a 1948 model" and I said "And it still has a warrenty?!" to which the man says "Had my boy, had ... it ran out in 1959" ... Again I complained and another $10 was knocked off ($65) We were wheeling the piano out he door and the owner dropped it! and a a good 4 inch piece of the wooden veneer broke off I shot the man a look and another $20 WAS TAKEN OFF ($45). Last but not least, the piano bench was broken too... and THAT cost him another $10 ($35) and thats what I paid for it $35!
This is where the real adventure begins.!We huff and Puff and finally get the piano on the trailer, and head back to Iowa Park. its during the car ride I turn to Mitchell and say " If you think im going to load and reload that piano tomorrow...you're out of your damn mind!" So we decided to deliver the piano to the C.H.&R. We get maybe 2 miles down the 30 mile "Road to Casablanca" (sounds like a Bob Hope and Bing Crosby movie doesn't it) when the tire tread blows.
Now my parents house with a car port is 5 miles away and Mitchell's friend who owns a barn is 12... naturally he drives the 12 miles to this place going 30MPH on a bare tire...Oy vay! when we arrive at this friends house he informs us that the barn is full, but we can park it out in his feild until we can get a spare...A SPARE WHICH WE DID NOT HAVE! So Mitchell reassures me we can find one tomorrow, but I inform him of the 70% rain chance we have tonight. He honeslty though I was going to leave my piano out there like this...and hope for the best.
(I really like this picture)The we push it around to the back patio and prepare to unload it for the last time... we push and huff and puffed for 20 minuets both of us tired, hot, and worn out we FINALLY get it in the house.
This Area is quickly becoming the Casablanca movie tribute of the house! I showed you the look alike hanging lamp in the movie in my last post, well now I have the piano. Chris over at "Im Not Old Im Vintage"
and I have traded Planters, I admired this little swastika plater from the 1930's she had (meaning a symbol of good luck, not Nazi power) BUT since the Nazi are the main conflict in the Movie Casablanca, it has earned a spot on top of the piano.