This is how I felt the night before I played the Hiroshima A-bomb piano.
I practiced casually for about 2 weeks a familiar piece I performed for a nursing home not too long ago. I was hoping I could play everything from memory but realized ‘not too long ago’ was about 2 years ago!
These are the pictures from the Ritsumeikan International Peace Museum A-bomb Hiroshima Piano.
The scratches and damages tell an unhappy story. The side of the upright piano restored.
It’s interesting that musical instruments are hardly ever redesigned or revised. Mic attachments and amplification are the most apparent modifications to modern instruments. You have to give extra credit to musical instrument designers with their available technology to leave a legacy and tradition.
The keys were very light but the springs were surprisingly responsive. It’s always inviting to play more when the keys aren’t heavy and your fingers get tired from the pushing and weight shifting.
Ironically, the piano is American made. D’oh.
Faded ivories and uneven textures. So many scratches.