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Gifts For Piano Players Of All Ages

Updated on April 26, 2017

If there is a Pianist in your life, you might find this helpful

To say that I absolutely love playing piano is an understatement. I do believe that among the many, many gifts - both material AND emotional - that my parents gave me was not just the gift of having a nice voice and the love of music, but they also gave me my first piano.

Now, the piano here in this intro photo is not of my original piano (my very first piano found its final home at my sister's house, and you can see it if you scroll down a little on this page). This photo is me with my antique square grand piano (it's an Emerson, circa 1853 or thereabouts).

You may find this hard to believe... but THIS Emerson square grand piano was also a gift! Some very dear friends of ours gave it to me. I love it. (Scroll down to see a photo of my piano tuner at work on this beast!) :)

I was thinking about giving in general (I'm one of those people who - like a little kid - really loves receiving presents. But, I also really love giving them... so it works out great!)

And I love piano. So... if YOU are looking for some creative gifts for the piano player in your life, I hope that my own perspective will help you. As a gal who understands that not everyone can buy a Steinway for someone they love, I am keeping in mind a variety of budgets. I'm also fairly creative, so it is my dearest hope that you find something for the pianist in your life!

Also, as I write this page, I'm away from home, so I can't take some of the photos I'd like to for this page (but I can add to it later - so please bear with me).

PS: If you do NOTHING ELSE on this page... please scroll down and watch the Piano Guys...they are a talented bunch of guys doing things with pianos I had never thought of!

Photo: Me. My piano. Taken by me. Holding the camera as far away as I could.

A special holiday treat from my favorites: The Piano Guys! - I just saw this YouTube video and HAD to include it here...

If you look at nothing else on this page today, treasure a few moments of musical genius as The Piano Guys offer one of the most intriguing and creative renditions of "Angels We Have Heard on High." *Sigh*

This was my #1 choice for a Christmas Album: The Piano Guys, A Family Christmas

Always with a marvelous sense of humor, this quirky group makes me smile and sigh and swoon -- all at the same time! I'm including a link to this album, below. Enjoy! If a piano player in your home would NOT like this album, I would be extremely surprised. These guys are so amazing, so beautiful in their inspiration and renditions of just about everything they lay their gifted hands on. I hope that you will listen to "Angels We Have Heard on High" in the video clip above, and agree that this is one inspired album. :)

Piano Guys

A Family Christmas
A Family Christmas

I don't know what else I can possibly say about this album or this wonderful and talented group. Just listen... if you don't just melt, I'd be surprised.(As it turns out, my husband did get me this particular Piano Guys CD. I didn’t even really hint… well, not that much.) It is an excellent gift, and even non-musicians enjoy it. This one is a winner.

 
Photo of my very first piano - an old Weber upright
Photo of my very first piano - an old Weber upright

My own love of music started VERY young

Thank you Oh, My Papa!

I've written about the influence my father and mother had on me in my webpage here, at "Songs I Love," where it's part tribute, part Memory Lane. So, I won't repeat myself (too much!)...

Anyway, somewhere in the piles of boxes at my Dad's house, there are early 8mm home movies of me plunking away at my first toy piano. It was red. I loved it! I had NO IDEA what I was doing, but I was somehow able to pick out tunes on it by ear.

Turns out, that really is about my only talent on piano, other than being able to compose some as well. After sounding out some songs on our neighbor's piano one day while visiting, I vividly recall my parents saying that they needed to find me a piano.

The photo at the right is my first "real" piano - an old Weber upright. I will never forget the day it came home.

To this day, it is one of my strongest memories about my parents coming together to get something JUST FOR ME!!! :)

One of my dearest gifts. It introduced me to a life-long hobby that never, ever ceases to bring me joy.

(Image: Courtesy of my beautiful sister, Jane)

Now, I'm not saying that you need to buy a piano for someone... - But if THAT is what you're looking for, I can help.

My niece plays piano beautifully. My sister had our family's original upright (pictured above) but wound up getting their daughter an electronic piano after the old Weber starting becoming more and more difficult to maintain.

I have played the electronic piano at their house, and have to say that it's really nice! I think that, as a child, I never really appreciated the value of being able to TURN DOWN the volume of an instrument! :)


This Electronic Piano Sounds Pretty Good

Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Premium Pack
Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano Premium Pack

Today's electronic pianos have come a long way from the earlier models that just didn't sound close to the tone of a real piano. This Yamaha model is only about $280 (and includes free shipping). Even though it only has 76 keys instead of the standard 88 that you get on a real piano, really... how many of use use all the extreme lower or higher keys? :)

 

Acoustic Piano vs Electronic Piano - What are your thoughts?

Some people swear that they just cannot use an electronic piano; others don't care. How do you feel?

Do you prefer a traditional, acoustic piano? Or do you prefer an electronic/digital one?

It's traditional, old-fashioned, acoustic piano for me!

It's traditional, old-fashioned, acoustic piano for me!

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    • kemed 2 years ago

      I have no money for buy acoustic one lol xD but i kinda don't care bout what i use.Its all about rock n roll bro.

    • kemed 2 years ago

      I have no money for buy acoustic one lol xD but i kinda don't care bout what i use.Its all about rock n roll bro.

    • Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      Specifically, I like Knabe pianos. They have such a rich tone in the bass notes! Another nice feature is they're not nearly as expensive as a Steinway (and I don't like Steinway's action anyway).

    • BigRedDomino 4 years ago

      An acoustic piano is more...alive to me. I can play it when the electricity goes out. I give those a name: the one at my mothers is Azucena. Because we love in a small home with our two children, I've kept my good electric one around and think its great too. You are right about weighted keys! I'm about to write a lens about how I taught myself to play piano- What Piano Taught Me. I'm so nervous!!!

    • Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I prefer a traditional piano because that's what I grew up with. In fact, we had two pianos because my mother was a piano teacher.

    • norma-holt 4 years ago

      My mum was an excellent pianist and she used an acoustic and now that is my piano, not that I play it now. My grandchildren are using electronic but it just doe not sound the same.

    • NedD 4 years ago

      My kids think I'm old fashioned. I may be old, but you can't beat the sound of an acoustic.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      An acoustic seems to just draw you over...

    • micvert 4 years ago

      I still prefer the old traditional (acoustic) piano, But am also impressed with the tremendous originality and creativity of new sounds coming out of electrical/digital stuff !

    • DebMartin 4 years ago

      I don't play much piano but I do love the acoustics and the beauty of a more traditional instrument.

    • chi kung 4 years ago

      I love the sound of the traditional piano - no electric or digital can come near it - in my opinion!

    • SusanSuggests 4 years ago

      Great lens! To me, nothing beats the feel and action of a traditional acoustic piano.

    • poutine 4 years ago

      I am old fashioned, so of course I prefer the acoustic piano

    • Boroot 4 years ago

      No electronic simulation, now as piano or vintage guitar amp, can't come close to the original..!

    • Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Traditional No question. I love the vibrations from the keys. You can feel their real-ness when you touch the piano while it is playing.

    • StThomasBoatRen 4 years ago

      acoustic

    • StThomasBoatRen 4 years ago

      acoustic

    • fivestead 4 years ago

      Traditional.

    • E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      I'm thinking I'm a traditional piano kinda guy. Hey, I built a harp myself. COUNTRYLUTHIER blessed.

    • Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I've heard some great sounds and effects on a digital, but no digital company will ever successfully duplicate the feel of a real acoustic, particularly the pedal action.

    I'm completely fine using an electronic or digital piano.

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      • lin444 3 years ago

        Well...this is a tough one. Any piano is fine by me! I use an electronic piano to record my music...but I still would love to have a real piano someday too.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Anything works for me, as long as it has weighted keys! I've been playing for 7 years, mostly on electric but with some acoustics

      • TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

        I like both but if I bought one it would be electronic.

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

        We bought an electric one that feels like a traditional piano. Our son loves it because it's so versatile. Great lens!

      • Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

        I don't play much, but my daughter does and she has both. She uses her baby grand for playing and her digital to compose.

      • quaver911 4 years ago

        If you can play a piano, you can play almost any instrument if he piano is digital.

      • Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

        It's the joy of creating music that counts more than the equipment used.

      • WomanAtWork21 4 years ago

        I love the sound of a traditional piano. But having an electronic one is much more convenient.

      • martyneville lm 4 years ago

        For a long time I associated piano with acoustic, and organ with electronic. Probably something to do with my first encounter with these two music instrucments when I was young.

        Of course now I know that organ started as acoustic instrument too. It's just that things change as time progresses. So, I guess I'm fine with digital piano but acoustic piano will always bring back some fond memories..

      • Liz Mackay 4 years ago from United Kingdom

        I have a Yamaha clavinova. I live in a flat in an old school and would not have been able to get an acoustic piano up the stairs. Also I can wear head phones so as not to disturb my neighbours.

      • KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

        My husband is a composer, so we have two digital pianos.

      • juncarillo 4 years ago

        i prefer electronic/digital piano because you can do all.

      • ingridpalmer 4 years ago

        I used to play the piano as a little girl and enjoyed it a lot.. I love music, it is very comforting.

      • Resident-Nerd 4 years ago

        I lean more towards digital because i really like the mixing of the digital signals into a great masterpiece. But i did play in the band in my school years so i do also like acoustic sounds.

      • tobydavis 4 years ago

        I am quite happy playing my midi keyboard with a 'Bright Acoustic Piano' loaded into my Recording software - In fact, I'm amazed by the quality of the sound. ...but I'm a terrible player ;-) Much more of a Guitarist really. I can imagine for seasoned players, it comes down to feel : an emotional connection with the Piano, be it acoustic or electric.

      • Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        I always had traditional pianos growing up and through my early adult years. However, I finally broke down and bought an electronic piano because I move frequently. The electronic piano is much more mobile and doesn't go out of tune when it is moved around (or changes climates). Plus, my electronic piano has many additional options for musical composition that appeal to the creative side of me.

      • JeffSawyer 4 years ago

        Congrats on being LOTD

      • Julia Morais 4 years ago

        Electronic pianos sound good and are actually easier to maintain.

      • ChristyZ 4 years ago

        I love the sound of a real piano but my daughter has an electronic one that sounds surprisingly good too!

      Remember... Children have tinier hands!

      I didn't start out on a "big girl's" piano...

      I started out on a toy piano. Then, my parents got me a little Emenee Organ (see the eBay pics below! Yeah... now it's "vintage.").

      I cannot count the number of times I played "The Little Drummer Boy" on that thing. :) Again, I'm not sure HOW I learned it - but playing by ear just came naturally to me.

      So, in the next part of this page, I'm going to share with you some vintage AND newer items that might be appropriate for your own little one!

      My personal blast from the past - This little organ is EXACTLY like my old one!

      My own old Emenee organ is long gone, and this person is playing "The First Noel" instead of "The Little Drummer Boy," but you'll get the gist! I loved this thing...

      Vintage organs or pianos on eBay - A gift doesn't have to be NEW to be appreciated.

      I thought some of these might be cool gifts for piano players! Maybe the vintage ones might not be appropriate for little kids, but we'll get to that...

      Back to the Future now... Here are some lovely toy pianos for kids... - Some for a variety of age groups!

      Having watched at least half a dozen kids come through our house over the last few years, banging away on a little toy piano we got (in order to keep them from banging on the antique Emerson), I realized quickly that they make some of these toy pianos the way they do for a reason. :) Let's get them started on a few less expensive models before they get to the Steinway... I have a photo somewhere of some of the kids at our house, and when I find it I'll add it.

      30 Key Toy "Grand" Piano

      Children Wood Toy Grand Piano with Bench Kids Piano 30 Key-(Black)
      Children Wood Toy Grand Piano with Bench Kids Piano 30 Key-(Black)

      Now we're talkin'! THIS is more along the lines of what I had as a child (except that I didn't get the "grand" piano style). But the sound is very, very similar! (One parent loaded a video of their baby playing this one that is featured in the Amazon page, which I think is pretty cool. This way you get to actually hear how it sounds.)

       

      This one's for real little tykes

      Bontempi - Grand Piano
      Bontempi - Grand Piano

      To me this cute piano fits the bill for an introduction to music, as well as having numbers and bright color-coded numbers above the keys. Note: The "red" keys are non-functional, and are for looks only.But, most babies aren’t going to be so discerning. They just want to make some noise and have fun!

       

      I treasure the memories of some of the gifts I received...

      As someone who loved playing piano, piano-inspired gifts where welcome!

      After the actual piano came, I was given other gifts - and to this day I recommend them. For example, my mom gave me sterling silver charms for a really cute charm bracelet she got me. At some point, I handed this down to my niece, and I was hoping that my sister would send me a photo of my favorite charm (of a grand piano); unfortunately, she was unable to find it. So, yes, I'm a little bummed out and disappointed about that. But, there's not much I can do about it.

      At any rate, for people who love piano, any variety of jewelry might be a welcome gift. I'll show you the best one I can find that reminds me of my own collection.

      Pretty Sterling Silver Piano Charm

      Sterling silver PIANO (Charm)
      Sterling silver PIANO (Charm)

      This lovely charm is as close as I could find to the one my mom gave me. (As I write this, I sniffle a little... When I originally wrote this whole article, it was 2/26/13, and she would have been 81. I love and miss you Mom!). Because hindsight is always 20-20, had I known that my old charm bracelet wasn't going to make it long-term as a gift, I probably would have kept it. I will console myself by recommending this one to folks.

       

      Give the Gift of a Piano Tuning!

      I don't know any piano player who would not appreciate a gift certificate for a piano tuning. This is Rick, the piano tuner extraordinaire giving my antique Emerson square grand a once over. This is a difficult instrument to tune, but Rick can do it!
      I don't know any piano player who would not appreciate a gift certificate for a piano tuning. This is Rick, the piano tuner extraordinaire giving my antique Emerson square grand a once over. This is a difficult instrument to tune, but Rick can do it! | Source

      Nice Jewelry Gifts for Guys who Play Piano! - I always think of my old high-school friends who played really well...

      And of course, let's not forget Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby and a slew of other awesome piano players in the media...

      Now, I couldn't possibly stretch my imagination far enough to find something that Sir Elton might sport... I'm a tad toned down from that (I guess I lack the confidence!). But, I found a few items that I would personally consider giving a guy who plays piano.

      You'll notice cufflinks... I'm a bit of a cufflink nut.

      Piano Cufflinks

      Piano Cufflinks By Jewelry Mountain
      Piano Cufflinks By Jewelry Mountain

      These are a little more subdued - but can't you see your guy playing while wearing a gorgeous, crisp shirt with these shining above the keys? Please note, however, that these are NOT silver. But, I still like them, and these would be a really thoughtful gift for a groom or best man who plays.

       

      And... a Piano Jewelry Box to keep all the trinkets!

      Rustic Burlwood Finish w/ Inlay Piano Shaped Musical Jewelry Box
      Rustic Burlwood Finish w/ Inlay Piano Shaped Musical Jewelry Box

      I have a piano jewelry box a bit like this -not exact, because, well... it is over 40 years old! But put it this way: I don't KEEP "stuff" from my childhood with only a couple of exceptions. My little jewelry box is one of those exceptions. :) So, I did my best to find the "ONE" I would buy someone this very day. And here it is. :) This style actually comes in a lovely walnut finish as well - but I chose to highlight THIS one because the design on the top of the piano includes a guitar - and I love my guitar as well!

      Yes, this is a little pricier than your ordinary jewelry box, but isn't it gorgeous!!!!

       

      Some other ideas

      If your pianist has a music room...

      Or, perhaps if your pianist is a college student... I had music posters when I was younger, and if I had a music room now, I would probably have a couple of framed items.

      Some music downloads from Amazon or iTunes

      A lot of people listen to downloaded music these days - so why not surprise someone with either a selection of downloads? Most people can listen on their phones or iPods now, and this would be an easy gift - especially if the recipient doesn't live nearby.

      Piano Themed Clothing

      I've seen tons of cools stuff on Amazon and Etsy. Just search "piano t-shirts," or socks, neckties, or scarves, and you will be surprised at how much you can find. The nice thing about Etsy is that you're going to get some beautiful hand-made pieces that you really just cannot find in a regular store. It's like an online craft fair.

      Stationery and Note Cards

      Yes, I know we live in an era of email and texting, but there is nothing like a real card! Again, you can find some gorgeous examples at Etsy. I'm not an artist, so I can't show you anything of my own. But, you'll have no trouble finding some really lovely collections.

      Covers for iPhones or other Smart Phones

      In a world not so long ago, I would never have dreamed that the words "piano," "cell," and "phone" could ever be used in the same sentence. But, there ya go... All you would really need is to find out the model of the phone your intended recipient owns, and voila! They have them on Amazon and eBay.


      Goodness... Listen to this... - Let's take a QUICK BREAK...

      Please...please... If you do NOTHING ELSE on this page. PLEASE listen to The Piano Guys... My eyes are filling with tears with sheer admiration and joy for this beautiful music. (Most of the stuff I've heard is with 1 Piano Guy and Cello Guy... it's all glorious and haunting!)

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      I really enjoyed making this page, and will add to it as the muse hits! In the meantime, please let me know you were here.

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          ismeedee 4 years ago

          Lovely lens with a very personal touch! Angel Blessed!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          These are good ideas KathyT. Also, how about adding piano lamps, metronomes, more piano music, and clocks (I saw you have one up there). And, in the case of your own piano, maybe piano/wood care products? Also, gift certificates for piano tuning (that can start to add up!). I'd love to see a better photo of your vintage piano (the square grand piano). PS: I'm the same one who voted for the real piano in your choices up above. This was a fun page to read!

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          Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

          Congratulations on Lens of the Day honors! Well deserved! Your love of music and the piano shines through, Kathy!

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          TenPoundTenor 4 years ago

          I loved this lens. Piano is my favorite instrument to play. You should add accordions and a melodica to the list. I received and accordion for my 15th birthday and have enjoyed it greatly over the years. Another good addition would be a melodica. I just bought my self one last week and am loving it. Thanks again for this great lens.

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          rattie lm 4 years ago

          Love this lens and yes, the piano guys are magical.

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          hmommers 4 years ago

          Congratulations for the LotD!!

          How great this youtube of the Pianoguys. Thanks :-)

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          Congrats on LOTD. Just love this lens.

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          Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

          Wow, amazing lens written with real passion. Blessed!

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          willoconner 4 years ago

          I always wanted to learn piano, this lens touched my heart.

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          sbaiju 4 years ago

          great lens i was not knowing that there was variety of products available for piano lovers

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          Ninche 4 years ago

          Congrats on LOTD! This is such a nice lens with great gift ideas!

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          The-Quirky-Banana 4 years ago

          Great Idea for a lens- Congrats on the lens of the day! :)

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          Christine Hulme 4 years ago from SE Kent, England

          Lovely Lens. Will be directing my passionate piano playing son to it!

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          Robin S 4 years ago from USA

          Congratulations, this lens was selected as Lens of the Day. You can read all about it at Squidoo HQ: http://hq.squidoo.com/lotd/lens-of-the-day-gifts-f...

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          Tom 4 years ago

          Lots of really cool piano gift ideas! Congrats on LotD!

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          JoshK47 4 years ago

          Quite a wonderful lens - thanks for sharing! Congrats on LotD and here are some Angel Blessings for you!

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          thanks for sharing this info; and congrats on the LOTD

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          Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

          Thanks for including the Piano Guys video. Super fun to watch. A nice addition to your page.

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          Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

          Loved this tribute to the gift of music. I am just now returning to the piano after years away from it (due to having to leave my piano behind when moving to the South). This lens brought back lots of memories of my cousin and I playing chopsticks on their old upright piano. It was a big deal when our family got a new piano. All these years later, my mom still has it and plays it daily. You can't go wrong with a gift of music (especially a piano). It's a legacy gift. I love to buy piano music online with instant digital downloads. One of my favorite haunts is the MusicNotes site. Gift cards to those types of websites would make the perfect gift for any budding, or rebudding, musician. Congrats on LotD! What a gorgeous piano you have!

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          Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

          I love your personal story and the great piano gift suggestions. I remember having a piano on a charm bracelet when I was young and taking lessons. (Wonder what ever happened to that?) Congratulations on your well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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          Elaine Chen 4 years ago

          I learned electric organ when I was young; I love piano too and wish to learn piano in near future.

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          LadyDuck 4 years ago

          Piano is my preferred instruments, I am not able to play it, but I love its sound. Congratulation for your lens. Angel Blessed!

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          Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

          Great lens, I like it!

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          Delia 4 years ago

          Congratulations on LOTD! I love the personal story and your love for playing the piano, your personality comes through for this love. I also like the items you chose for purchase, especially the charms. Lovely lens!

          ~d-artist Squid Angel blessing~

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          Rose Jones 4 years ago

          What a refreshing way for me to start my day! I really enjoying your personal recommendations, it made me consider getting a piano - or at least an emcee organ. Congrats on LOTD.

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          AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

          Your enthusiasm and love of the piano and music really shows. Congratulations on your LOTD and purple star. Blessed!

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          nick-gondoras 4 years ago

          Great items on your lense!

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          NewUsedCarsSacramento 4 years ago

          Congratulations on being LOTD. I canât play piano, but surely love listening to it. I love all the gift ideas for piano players.

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          Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

          I smiled from the top of the page down to the bottom. I love the featured children's pianos and the piano socks had me giggling in delight. My youngest daughter plays piano and she would love these gift choices. Wonderful memories and wonderful gift choices for those who love music.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Didn't know about The Piano Guys. How extraordinary! Congrats on LOTD.

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          Joanie Ruppel 4 years ago from Keller, Texas

          Very nice lens. My parents bought me my first piano when I was 8. Forty years later my late husband asked me if I ever wanted a new piano. I looked at him in horror and then politely declined. I love my piano and to this day, it gets used just about every single day by me or one of my children. That is musical love.

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          tobydavis 4 years ago

          Lovely lens. Your passion and love for the piano shines throughout. I really enjoyed working my way down the wide range of content. Wonderful work!

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          tacitinc lm 4 years ago

          WOW This lens is ENORMOUS i can see why you got the featured lens status because this is a quality lens! Is the picture at the very top of the older piano in the story about pa pa the original piano that was given to you? So nice that you hung onto a piece of your childhood! Don't give it up!!

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          cocomoonbeams 4 years ago

          Love those piano key socks!!

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          Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

          I loved this lens one of the best LOTD's I have had the pleasure to review. The Piasno Guys are amazing! Blessed

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          dimitry168 4 years ago

          Beautiful lens, spiritual lens for my taste. Music is an important instrument in our lives. Thank you.

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Wow, this is a beautiful page and a well deserved LOTD. Congratulations

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          Jogalog 4 years ago

          I wish I could play the piano. Congratulations on LOTD!

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          Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

          Beautiful lens!! Congrats on LOTD. This one is definitely deserving of the honor.

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          Deadicated LM 4 years ago

          Bravo!!!

          Congratulations on LOTD, you crafted an awesome lens.

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          Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

          Wow, Kathy... so much of your story is my story. I spent way too much time on this beautiful page, and the Piano Guys totally blew me away. Thank you so much for creating this lens! Congratulations on Lens of the Day as well as your purple star! Smiles!

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          Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

          Congratulations on LOTD! This lens definitely deserves it!

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          ismeedee 4 years ago

          Congrats on LOD! At last one I nominated got picked!!! Excellent! :)

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          WebWriteGirl LM 4 years ago

          Congrats on LOTD! This is a wonderful lens that I can tell you enjoyed creating. Have a wonderful day!

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          Resident-Nerd 4 years ago

          Very nice lens! I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you. Congrats on LOTD!

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          MooshkaDaisy 4 years ago

          Nice lens and story! Congratulations on LotD!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Great selection of gifts. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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          John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

          Very nice lens. Thanks for sharing it. :)

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          OneManShow 4 years ago

          Hi Kath. Congrats on LOTD. Very well written lens. I love listening to a nice melody on piano (my favorite is Love Story Soundtrack). I don't know how to play piano.. but would love to have a piano tie or iPhone cover. God Bless!

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          Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

          Congrats on LOTD. I used to have an organ as a child but I don't think I have ever played a piano before! Hard to believe when I think about it!

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          slotowngal 4 years ago

          Several of my children are pianists. Love your selection of great piano gifts!

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          ChrisLdn 4 years ago

          Ahh this makes me wish I had continued to take piano lessons! I love the gifts you've listed here, especially the cell phone accessories. This is another option if you plan to add to this lens in the future: http://www.zazzle.com/piano_b_w_case_iphone_4_4s_c... Congratulations on lens of the day! You've motivated me to maybe get back to playing the piano again to see if I remember anything, so thanks! :)

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          KyraB 4 years ago

          Wow! What a large and fun selection of gifts. Congratulations on well-deserved LotD and the Purple star!

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          iMANDY 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

          Excellent lens!

          I really enjoyed reading through your lens. My brother and his partner own a beautiful piano and I came across some lovely gifts for them on here. I also 'shared' the YouTube link for them to watch The Piano Men, they are just amazing! Thank you :)

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          Thomo85 4 years ago

          I have a major soft spoft piano as well. I started learning when I was about 10 and continued until about 15. I sadly never got that good and never really focused on it. Yet I recently bought a Digital piano because I can't afford an upright and started playing. I printed out sheet music and too my surprise I could read music better than I remember. I one day hope to learn how take a song and piece together the tune myself. You were right, the piano guys were amazing. Congratulations on LOTD, blessed

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          MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

          Love the piano! Congratulations on a well deserved LotD! :>)

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          Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

          I love listening to and playing the piano. It is so relaxing. Congratulatons on LotD. Wish we could have heard you play.

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          JZinoBodyArt 4 years ago

          Great lens and congrats on LOTD!

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          KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

          The piano my family had when I was growing up looks similar to your upright Weber. My sister has it now. Congratulations on a well-deserved LOTD!

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          john9229 4 years ago

          Congratulations on LotD and nice story! I love the piano.

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          NightMagic 4 years ago

          Congrats on the LotD. I love piano music. I just find it so relaxing.

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          SteveKaye 4 years ago

          You must be a music genius to have such a deep love of piano. Thank you for publishing this remarkable lens. And congratulations on receiving the LOTD.

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          Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

          Beautiful lens, one pianist to another. Great gift ideas (Those socks are adorable!)

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          girlgoshopping 4 years ago

          Very nice lens

          the flip flops are cute!

          Im impresses at all the piano related items you found!

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          Art Inspired 4 years ago

          Congratulations on your lens of the day! Make it a musical day!

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          Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

          Oh my, I can feel the passion for music jumping out from the page. What a beautiful gift your parents gave you, and what a fabulous gift you gave us by sharing your story.

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          Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

          Congratulations on LOTD ~ I agree, piano or music lessons in general are the ultimate gift to a child! SquidAngel Blessed! B : )

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          Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

          Congratulations on LOTD. I was given an old out of tune church organ when I was about 14 and I was totally dedicated to learning it. I got very good at it. A number of years later I got a Kimball organ, but as of late it is not working. When I can move to another house I would like to get a baby grand.

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          Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

          What a great lens. ai can see how you love the piano.

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          viryabo2 4 years ago

          I have always been fascinated with the piano, from a young age, And i was so glad when i finally started piano lessons at 17. Unfortunately, my interest waned after a number of years as i never went past Grade2. I regret not giving piano playing a more serious attention now that i can hardly stretch my fingers as i used to. I really enjoyed reading your lens KathyT as it brought back nice memories for me. Well deserved LOTD. Congratulations.

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          Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

          I will speak the truth. When I was in elementary school I wanted to learn to play the piano. I never did get very far, because the piano teacher my parents found was from Europe. She didn't think it was necessary to wear deoderant, and my nose suffered from her odor when I sat next to her. I wish I could go back and tell my parents the reason I didn't want to play! But so it goes. I ended up playing the bagpipes, and I was very happy. Great lens - I love the piano clothes.

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          surabhinafdey 4 years ago

          amazingly put....the personal touch makes it special..specially "Thank you Oh! My Papa"

          sweet....

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          socialcx1 4 years ago

          Thanks for a great lens. I just put our Beckstein piano (made in Cape Town, South Africa many years ago) back into storage, in New Zealand. It has been following my daughter around the world for about 10 years but can't seem to catch up. She seems to finallt be settling down in Australia so it won't be long when she will be teaching her daughter to play.

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          ManipledMutineer 4 years ago

          I concur with your love of cufflinks!

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          Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

          Congratulations on a well deserved LotD!

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          chi kung 4 years ago

          I loved those piano guys :)

          congratulations on LotD :)

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          gin001 4 years ago

          This is a wonderful lens! I've always wanted to learn how to play the piano. It's on my bucket list.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Awesome lens.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Nice lens.

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          J_Amani 4 years ago

          Congratulations! Great lens!

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          quaver911 4 years ago

          Vonderful vonderful lens, keep up the good work.

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          Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

          Wonderful lens! My daughter would love these piano themed gifts!

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          Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

          Wonderful lens! My daughter would love these piano themed gifts!

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          acufredd 4 years ago

          Hi, I love your lens, it is an inspiration. I am a musician and what you have done here is instructive to a new Sqidoo person, and really it is a thing of beauty.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I don't know how I missed this but am happy I discovered it now and am so excited for you to have received LotD for this wonderful gem. You have the highest example here of what Squidoo is looking for with the element of passion flowing beautifully in tune throughout! I smiled about the Little Drummer Boy, my Mom would have been in heaven hearing it over and over again. Thank you for sharing your gifting so beautifully with us! :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          You were filled up on blessings and I wanted to do a little more, so I FB liked this gem.

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          whiteskyline lm 4 years ago

          I remember when this moment of inspiration for this lens came to you Kathy, and all the kudos are well deserved!

          I think Tipi said it perfectly. I love the mini piano things, even though I'm not into pianos perfectly, I kind of want to buy one because they are cool :)

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          writerkath 4 years ago

          @whiteskyline lm: Thanks so much Martin! :) I really value your friendship and continued encouragement! :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Thank you so much for the great ideas, I needed this

          lots of love from a piano lover^^

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          greytdogz 4 years ago

          Found your lens through you and Mike interview. Love it! You've done a fabulous job.

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          norma-holt 4 years ago

          Congrats on LOTD. This is a lovely informative lens well deserving of the award.

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          Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

          Hi we actually met through OMG!! Learning lots. Thanks for your help.

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          mrdata 4 years ago

          Congrats On LOTD! Great gift ideas to take in consideration. Thanks!

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          BigRedDomino 4 years ago

          This lens has been so much fun to look into!!

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          giftsandgadgets 4 years ago

          The piano guys video was awesome. Great lens. I learned a lot!

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          sarasentor lm 4 years ago

          Indeed Piano is one of the best gift for all ages.

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          TrustedProductReviews 4 years ago

          Congratulations on your remarkable success with this lens. Thanks for being true to your passion and for being an incredible inspiration to all of us at OMG. You have definitely set the bar high! ;) BTW, love the piano theme and the great video! Wishing you continued success. Rock on!

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          writerkath 4 years ago

          @TrustedProductReviews: Thank you so much for those very kind comments! Please get in touch and let me know once you've built your first lens - I'll be happy to visit! I've learned a lot from many lensmasters here at Squidoo, so if I can pass along the value, I'm pleased! :) See you again soon! Kath :)

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          NibsyNell 4 years ago

          It's wonderful how passionate you are about this! It's amazing to have such continued love and enthusiasm for something! :)

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          TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

          I like piano, but my one year of lessons occurred 24 years ago. I play by ear now, but play guitar a lot more than I play piano.

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          Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

          I LOVE this lens and your sincere gratitude for your parents gifts to you. I bought my sister's first piano from her, a Baldwin upright, for my eldest daughter at age 6 and all three of my children went on to use this for the piano lessons I gave them at an early age. None of them stuck with the piano yet all three went on to play other instruments and have a deep appreciation for music :) Namaste`

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          Kellysloan 4 years ago

          Hi Kathy I saw your lens first on OMG and knew I had to check it out for myself! Great Lens!!! I am inspired. Do you link this back to a website? I spent so many hours on the piano as a kid and now my 4 year old granddaughter loves to play and is in music lessons. Also my my Mom is the media person for our local symphony!! I can't wait to show her the site so she can share it with her other symphony board members. Great job.

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          writerkath 4 years ago

          @Kellysloan: Good morning Kelly! So glad to meet another OMGer! Thank you so much for your kind comments! Well, the only backlink I've done here is to make a YouTube video. At least so far. I'm not very good at backlinking... :) Maybe your mom could make a few Squidoo pages for the Symphony *or* hint hint... YOU could make a Squidoo page for them! :) I'd love to see that! Please stay in touch!

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          Pat Goltz 4 years ago

          Love the Piano Guys! Very unique! Also, I'd never seen an instrument like that little organ you played. Neat! If I were going to buy a piano for a child, I'd select the black grand piano. I wrote about my own piano on a Squidoo lens, so you are welcome to visit. I know a guy who makes fractal images with piano keyboards in them. Over on Renderosity. They're great!

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          Pat Goltz 4 years ago

          I got to thinking. If that antique piano you have has silver strings, it won't stay in tune. The local used bookstore has one, and they have to tune it a couple of times a week. If that is the case, best get yourself a tuning hammer and a couple of other things and learn to tune it yourself. If you write me, I'll explain how.

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          lin444 3 years ago

          Love this lense because aside from my family, the piano is my life. Thank you for sharing.

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