I got a package today from Musician’s Friend. It contained two packs of guitar strings and also some egg shakers (for interesting percussion, of course.) I highly recommend coated strings; they sound awesome for a LONG time. They feel kinda weird though, but it doesn’t take too long to get used to it.
For those who are interested, here is a detail photo of my piano:
I ordered a piano tuning wrench, which I hope to be receiving in the mail shortly. I know that I might be crazy, but I’m going to try to tune it first by myself. If it doesn’t work out too well, then I suppose I’ll have to hire an expert.
The piano is old, dusty and smells like ancient cigarette smoke. I have polished it and dusted it but I could probably still clean it a few times as the poor thing has been sorely neglected. Right now, there are only a few keys in the highest octave which are remotely in tune… every other key has a sort of horrifying, dissonant, make-you-go-insane-with-how-bad-it-sounds ring to it.
I looked up the piano maker, Wurlitzer, on wikipedia. It looks like they were more well-known for making jukeboxes than pianos. I just hope I can make this one sound good…