February 5th, 2005
I got an accordion! It's a Scandalli piano-accordion from the 40s, fullsize, with two stops. I'm very happy with it. I had been playing the accordion Davy lent to Rosie during winter break, and it made me remember how much i used to play the piano. So I decided to get one. I bought it on eBay, which was pretty uneventful, except that it arrived on the 26th, but I never got the package slip, so it languished in the mailroom until the 2nd. When I first opened it, it looked like it was in pretty bad condition, because almost half the bass keys were stuck on. I opened it up (which was fun; it's from the 40s and it has a really interesting mix factory made metalwork (to put on the right notes for the chords) and careful woodwork) and there were five or six keys that were slightly out of position so they were stuck under the housing. Freeing them freed their partners, and they all came out. There are a two keys that need oiling but I'll get to them.

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