Archive for 30th November 2007

Is There A NaNoReMo?

I think I want a National Novel Read­ing Month. I could do a novel a day (as long as I chose the right nov­els, of course). I’m behind on writ­ing reviews, but I’m wal­low­ing unabashedly in the num­ber of good reads avail­able to me right now. I’ve tweaked the Now Read­ing wid­get to show up to ten cur­rent books instead of just five.

I totally flubbed NaNoW­riMo. No, I don’t wanna talk word count. Ugh. I have, how­ever, man­aged to keep up with NaBloPoMo. so far, and there’s only one day to go! Data­base prob­lems have given me some trou­ble with get­ting the posts to the pub­lic at some points, but I’ve writ­ten an entry every sin­gle day, and I think all of them are even show­ing up now. (The auto­posted Tweets for the day don’t count, of course.)

TodayOn Thurs­day, Katie and I drove all over the place, as she had an orth­don­tic appoint­ment and I fool­ishly chose to com­bine that with other errands. Dri­ving = can’t take usual pain meds. I came home and col­lapsed with a fever. Now it’s the nor­mal time to sleep, and I’m in too much pain to go lay down. (Actu­ally, I was so foggy that I for­got to hit the “Pub­lish” but­ton last night!)

But, thanks to a freecy­cler, we now own a Korg 88-​​key elec­tric piano. The catch: It’s taken apart. Com­pletely. I’ve never seen the innards of such a thing before!

Why did the pre­vi­ous own­ers take it apart, then give it away? Their tod­dler spilled paint on the keys. The donor couldn’t remem­ber if it was fab­ric paint or acrylic paint, but it isn’t water-​​soluble, in any case. For­tu­nately, the paint did not get into the elec­tron­ics! Unfor­tu­nately, it did stick a few keys together. So the man of the house took it apart, intend­ing to clean it up — then stuck it in the garage, where it has lan­guished for two years. In a clean­ing fit this week, he decided to toss it out and just get a new one. Hap­pily for me, his wife per­suaded him to give her a week to offer it on freecy­cle instead, and now it’s ours!

I’m encour­aged by the fact that every­thing worked before it was taken apart (other than the stuck keys). I’m excited about hav­ing a piano. Now I have to fig­ure out what to use to gen­tly clean said keys, then fig­ure out how to reassem­ble the whole thing. I con­sid­ered just tak­ing it to the near­est autho­rized repair cen­ter, but I want to see if we can do it first, as their quoted labor rate of $70/​hour would add up very quickly. This is a $1,000 instru­ment, so it’s worth putting some money into mak­ing it work. Hav­ing the money, as usual, is the problem.

It came with its nice stand, which is inte­gral to the piano, as it has the ped­als on it. I’ll still need a bench, but I’ll deal with that after I have it working.

A repair man­ual would be very use­ful. The instru­ment man­ual can be down­loaded from the Korg web site, but since these things aren’t con­sid­ered user ser­vice­able, it doesn’t show how to take the piano apart and put it back together. If I can get it cleaned up, though, I can prob­a­bly ask Daddy for assem­bly help. My Daddy can fix any­thing.1 He’s much bet­ter with things than with people.

I’m totally open to sug­ges­tions for gen­tle sol­vents.2 I’m fig­ur­ing non-​​acetone nail pol­ish remover might do it, but will it dam­age the keys?

Of course, if any of you fine folks hap­pen to have expe­ri­ence with tak­ing elec­tric pianos apart and reassem­bling them, by all means, please speak up! (Hey, a girl can hope, can’t she?)


1 Yes, I am 41 years old, and he’ll always be Daddy, and I’ll always believe in his mirac­u­lous fix-​​it-​​ability

2 Yes, that’s some­thing of an oxymoron.