Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The pushy piano guy

So as part of our hot date last night we decided (Steve suggested- I willingly complied) that we would go visit the grand opening of a new music store in town that was having a HUGE SALE on pianos. 15-45% off! <-- Exact font of ad. So we walked in and I was immediately giddy, the endorphins were pumping and I was a wonderful musician!! Nevermind that I've hardly touched a piano in recent years. Just being in the same room with all of those beautiful instruments made me happy. Sigh...

The Sales Guy (Craig) asked what we were looking for (um, a piano- duh) and asked who played. (Me- sort of, a long time ago). He showed us piano #1- which was their 'best deal' (translation- not the one that is the lowest price- or even the highest price- but one that they have the most of that they need to get rid...) He played a little song- then invited me to play. Um- I think he missed the "sort of, a long time ago" memo. I declined. Even when I was in my piano playing prime I couldn't just whip out a song, I'm not very good at music memorization.

So he played a couple of little ditty's- then showed us their music school with 15 soundproof practice rooms for lessons. Then he showed us a baby grand (sigh...).

Salesguy: Do you have room for a baby grand?
Me: Yes (We really do- even if we didn't if one was gifted to us I'd make room- I'd sell a child to clear out space even)
Steve: Um, no
Me: for sure yes- I promise
Steve: where would we eat?
Me: doesn't matter- who needs to eat??
Salesguy (a little annoyed but sure that it was me he should be talking to now): So Amber, have you seen the new player options??
Me: um no
Salesdude: Something something something, expensive computer, something, free if you buy this $15,000 piano, play a song, something something
Me: um, cool
Salesdude(piano playing itself and there are drums and horns as well): now that makes a statement...
me: giggle- sure
Salesdude: Do you celebrate Christmas??
Me: Sure (chortle)
Salesdude: This (white high gloss grand piano) looks beautiful next to the Christmas tree
Me: did I mention my four small children with sticky fingers?? Pretty sure whatever piano we buy will not be white or high gloss.
Salesdude: You know we finance
me: for pianos starting at $7,000 you'd better or you'd never sell any
Salesdude: these pianos will not be here by this weekend... at least not at these prices.
Steve: whew
Salesdude (sensing he was not closing a deal tonight): well, you remember my name right? You won't need a card.
(Guess he sensed that he shouldn't even waste a business card on us.)

It was fun and there is something about being around all those beautiful instruments that just gets me- really. Steve didn't understand and unless you're a musician you probably don't understand either. But really, it's a beautiful thing. Now I need to start checking the classifieds...

8 comments:

Sabra said...

totally loling. love you!

Alissa said...

ugh, i hate pushy. way to stand your ground and not buy the blah blah blah $15k piano

Lee said...

I hate looking at pianos in a store. Why can't they just let you be? I don't really understand why you wouldn't want a white baby grand, I mean 4 kids wouldn't do that much to it. Where is your sense of adventure??

QueenMeadow said...

why wouldn't you want a $15K white piano? the kids would think its the best play toy ever ;)

andrea said...

I miss having a piano too. I have to admit that I can barely play the piano (both hands at the same time that is - either had one at a time is my forte), but I would love to have a piano at my house (can you call a 1 bedroom apartment a house?) Just a little upright that I could shove in a corner. I think Brien would rather spend the money on more dogs or reducing my studnet loan debt.

KAT said...

just get a crazy eccentric woman in the ward to offer you one the first time you meet her

Pechin said...

I showed this to a couple people at my store (J.W. Pepper, you know, the group of crazy weird musicians.) and we laughed hystarically. Piano dealers treat the pianos like cars. Ya, that's real musical. I once walked in to a store and told them what I wanted, piano wise/ keyboard, and the sales people laughed at me. Um, ya, that's the way to get business. It was just the opposite of your experience. They didn't even want to work with me. I was like, "HELLO, I'M READY TO SPEND MONEY HERE!"

Pechin said...

I showed this to a couple people at my store (J.W. Pepper, you know, the group of crazy weird musicians.) and we laughed hystarically. Piano dealers treat the pianos like cars. Ya, that's real musical. I once walked in to a store and told them what I wanted, piano wise/ keyboard, and the sales people laughed at me. Um, ya, that's the way to get business. It was just the opposite of your experience. They didn't even want to work with me. I was like, "HELLO, I'M READY TO SPEND MONEY HERE!"