My mother was a classically trained pianist, but she loved to play the popular music she'd heard on the radio. She was forever buying sheet music for popular tunes. I really don't know if she could play by ear. She died in 1954, when I was just a child.That story sounds a bit like a bloke I went to school with who I'm still jealous of. He could pick up any instrument and within minutes sound like he'd been playing it for years,
My mother was a classically trained pianist, but she loved to play the popular music she'd heard on the radio. She was forever buying sheet music for popular tunes. I really don't know if she could play by ear. She died in 1954, when I was just a child.
A few years later my father married a woman who was very different from my mother. While my mother was college educated and a teacher, my father's wife #2 didn't even attend high school. At age 14, she was sent to work to help support her family.
She was a widow with a teenage daughter when she and my father got together.
For my older brother and me, it was a very difficult situation, as you might imagine.
I don't remember the specifics, but I was accompanied by wife #2 to a dental appointment and as we walked through a department store in downtown St. Paul to get to the medical professional building, we passed by a piano. Wife #2 walked over to the piano and began to play with significant skill. I was stunned and asked her when she'd learned to play. She remarked that she'd never been taught to play, but could play almost anything that she could hear.
Rob - I used to play piano/keyboards back in the day. When I was living and playing in (West) Germany ini 1979 - 80 I sold my Fender Rhodes for a lot more than I bought it for new at Sam Ash in NYC and bought a brand new Hohner Clavinet D, which I still have, all nice and woody and in perfect shape except for a busted hinge on the case. I also have a Hohner Clavinet/Pianet duo I bought for 200bucks from Sam Ash when they were blowing them out the door in the early 80's, also in perfect shape. Add to that, a RHODES that I bought when I came home from Germany in 81, but never gigged with it - perfect shape and a couple Wurlitzers as well. Anyway, Gotta get rid of them but haveNO idea of what to ask for them. My main concern are the Hohners; What would you figure the ballpark would be for a D6 and the clav/pianet duo?Same here, Brother! I guess I fall into the latter category of playing and enjoying the sound of what I enjoy most. Growing up in the 80's, I was exposed to analog and digital. Just something about the allure of all the knobs, buttons, and switches. The model I have has digital interconnects, hence no patch cables. It does have patch memories, which I actually find to be very useful, though I was somewhat skeptical at first.
I'd love to have an old Model D to restore and play around with, but that's not in the cards right now. Honestly I'm not that good at playing piano/keyboard, I'm more into sound design, of which the possibilities are nearly endless with the multi-oscillator analog synth.
My 76-year-old hemorrhoids bleed for you.... there's the shipping, which I'm not concerned about the cost impaired but rather, the actual prep work involved for a 66 year old man!