Hi all! I'm Francis Smith (introduced myself in the Pianist Corner section), have played piano for over 29 years, and now live in Calgary, Alberta, since 2012 (I grew up in Fort Wayne, IN, from 1979-2004, then studied in London, UK, 2004-2007, then San Francisco 2007-2012).
Since I have moved so much, I had to leave my 1914 Hobart M. Cable upright grand behind in Indiana.
Once I settled into my flat here in downtown Calgary, I found a 1962 Heintzman conservatory model upright that had been in the Calgary school system. Despite its school history, it was still in great shape. I bought it.
I had been dreaming of having a GREEN piano (to go with my green violin I got when I lived in London). I was introduced to a professional piano restorer/refinisher, and he did a wonderful job of "greening" my piano. Since it was built of walnut (a wood too dark to stain in any colour), he veneered it in bird's-eye maple, a much lighter wood amenable to colour staining. He found a shade of translucent green stain closely matching that of my green violin (he used that as inspiration), which really makes the woodgrain show beautifully. He also had an airbrush artist friend of his paint an image of my green violin on the music desk panel. After 9 months of work, the piano was finally delivered to my downtown Calgary flat this past Saturday morning.
Ever seen a green piano? Enjoy!