Thursday, September 26, 2013

Removing Wax From a Yamaha Clavinova

Yes, I can be a major klutz sometimes, and I should have known better than to put my Scentsy warmer on top of my piano, but I had it there anyway. And wouldn't you know that I accidently knocked the warmer over- all over the keys and the case.

Let me give you a bit of backstory on this keyboard, and why it was so imperative to try and save this keyboard. I have owned this keyboard for over 13 years, and before that it was the main keyboard for the church I used to play for. The church wanted to get rid of it, and instead of selling it some buyer for what it was really worth, the pastor decided to sell me this keyboard for $1. Yes, a keyboard that was worth over $4000 used, was sold to me for $1. It still is such a miracle to me, and everytime I play it I can sense Adonai's favor on me!

Fast forward to 2013, and the kids wanting to learn piano lessons. Well, this old keyboard had been having issues with some keys, and we looked into replacing it, so that the kids could learn. Come to find out that this keyboard, to this day, is still worth between $3000-$4000, so replacing it was completely out. We settled for a cheap keyboard for the kids, and that's what they use instead of mom's piano.

My husband was able to fix the messed up keys, and then I spilled wax all over this keyboard. Luckily my husband knows how the wiring works, from taking it apart to work on the keys, and knew that the wax wouldn't harm the circuits. But it sure made the keys nasty, hard to clean, and sticky. Well, there was hope for the piano yet, and I knew that I had to try and fix it.

First things first, I took a razor and gently scraped off the wax that I could see. Let me tell you, for one cube of Scentsy wax, there was a ton of wax all over the keys. It was stuck to the keys, in between the keys, behind the keys, on the case. It was everywhere!

This Mr. Clean eraser was AFTER cleaning the stains. Yeah, they were gross!

After I got the majority of the wax off the keys, I took Goo- Gone and applied it to a micro-fiber cloth. Then I scrubbed the crud out of the keys- literally. It took about 40 min. to completely scrub off the wax.

After that, there were still stains on the keyboard. Most of them weren't from the wax, but from years of abuse. I'm not the only one that has played this keyboard in the past, and the previous pianist had anointed this piano with grape juice (on accident). So, I took my Mr. Clean Magic eraser and went to work on the keys. Surprisingly, a lot of the stains came off, but stains from 14+ years ago seemed to be embedded in the keys and refused to budge. You win some, you lose some. For the most part, the stains came up and that keyboard looked better than it had in years!

Yeah, that brownish mark was from the juice spill over 14 years ago.  But, I was able to get off all the wax from the keys, the cover and polish the keys and piano. I would not recommend doing this to a real piano, as you might destroy the keys. If your piano has ivory keys do not do this! Scraping the keys, with a razor, might destroy them and using any cleaners might destroy them as well. My keys are weighted plastic, so they are fine. It took a lot of time and patience and muscle, but the keyboard looks good as new. Here's hoping I get another 15 years out of this beauty, before I have to replace it!

Until Next Time,

It's HERE!!!

Well, it was actually here on Tuesday, but I just haven't had time to write about it! What am I talking about? Google Fiber!!!

That's right, we finally have Google Fiber in our house, and let me tell you it is super fast! We had another provider, and had nothing but problems with them, but that provider had our area and it was either them or sign a 2 year contract with another provider that was even worse. So, we kept our sub par internet connection waiting, patiently, for Google to finally install in our neighborhood. Tuesday, September  24 it finally arrived. The install took less then 2 hours, and they hooked everything up for us. Of course, when my hubby came home, he hooked everything up differently- the way he wanted, but it's here and it is fast.

If you don't have Google Fiber in your home, and you have the option to have it, what's stopping you? We chose the cheapest package, for now, and it will only cost us $25 a month for the next year, and then it's free for years after that! Companies can complain that Google is trying to monopolize things, but there's no monopoly, in my opinion. You can still choose Clear, AT&T, and other internet companies. But honestly why would you, when those companies charge twice as much (or more) for less service? If you don't have the ability to get Google Fiber, see what you can do to change that. I've read that several companies are trying to get into the Fiber installation, which is great, but what about the cost as well? To many companies are so greedy, charging you way to much for something that costs next to nothing to use. Things will only change if you start yelling for change. Companies will do most anything to keep their customers, as we found out when we cancelled our old internet service. They begged, pleaded, even offered to drop our price from $50 a month to $30 a month for the next 6 months.

I am so excited about this internet service, and what it means for our homeschooling. Faster internet connection means faster searching, faster video learning, faster everything.

Until Next Time,

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