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When my best friend’s father passed away, we both saw how much her mother grieved and yearned for her husband. She would go to his grave every day and tell him how her day went. At night, she could only fall asleep if she was hugging his favorite jacket. There was rarely a day when she would not shed tears when she would see or hear things that were once related to her late spouse. E.g., a rerun of his favorite TV show, the smell of his go-to perfume, or the sight of his old workplace. However, my friend finally put her foot down and told her mom to see a therapist when she saw her tearing up over the mashed potatoes that her dad used to love.

The thing is, the grieving mother did not want to get psychotherapy. She always thought it was only for individuals with mental health issues. She couldn’t wrap her mind around the possibility of it being useful for other coping problems as well. Instead of arguing with her, though, my best friend signed her up to the next best thing: music therapy.

What’s The Big Idea Now?

The good news is that my friend’s mother loved going to her therapy sessions. They would sing, dance, and even learn musical instruments. There’s also less talking and more expressing their feelings in creative ways, which the old woman appreciated. In truth, she loved it so much that she wanted to buy a grand piano and start learning how to play the songs that she and her late husband used to listen to. That’s when my best friend came to ask me, “What should I purchase?!”

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As it turns out, grand pianos do not come from one manufacturer or country. Some can come from Europe while others originate from Asia. Selecting a grand piano is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, though. It is technically your birthright to be able to research your options and choose the best one that you can afford. However, how can we know which one of them can produce grand pianos which are of higher quality and more exceptional durability?

Here are a few things you should always check out.

Type Of Wood

In terms of woods, Europeans seem to have a more significant edge than the Asians because of the hardwoods that they can get locally. Asians, specifically the Japanese or Koreans, sometimes have to import from different countries to have dense woods for their pianos. It is a fact that grand pianos from Asian countries are softer than the ones from Europe as well. Therefore, they are deemed to be less sturdy.

Manufacturing Process

Japanese manufacturers are known to use high-end technology to mass-produce the pianos that they can sell everywhere. Yamaha, for instance, is a Japanese brand that is known to make thousands of grand pianos that can compete with any European-made piano.

The Europeans, on the other hand, are more sophisticated in such a way that most (if not all) of their products are hand-crafted. For this reason, some of them come in limited editions.

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Craftsmanship And Design

More likely, because these two origins are of different cultures, it will not be right to compare their designs to each other. After all, what may be adorable for a person may be horrible for the other, and vice versa. The craftsmanship cannot be doubted as well because it can be seen from the fineness of the results that the skilled workers give their 101% in every instrument that they make.

Sound Quality

Since Asians have adopted the ability of the Europeans (as well as Americans) in making a piano that anyone can be proud of, the sound quality of the pianos from these two diverse realms seems to resemble each other. Just like for Kawai, a Japanese manufacturer, there are musicians from foreign countries who acknowledge it because of the massive resemblance of the sound that it’s making to those from Steinway’s and Baldwin’s.

Final Thoughts

Dealing with grief will always be challenging. The people who say that everything gets better in time don’t genuinely tell the truth. There will still be a part of you that will long for that person you lost, no matter how many years may pass. Even if you say you move on, the space in your heart that the deceased individual has left cannot be filled by someone else. And, frankly speaking, that’s okay.

What’s not acceptable, however, is dwelling so much on the grief, to the extent that you no longer have a life. You have to look for ways to live and honor the dearly departed, not keep on wishing that you will soon follow their lead. Try musical therapy or any other form of counseling if nothing seems to work.

Good luck!