Ben and Hilary are with us for a few days. After helping us feed twenty or so horses and playing “splash” in the the horses’ water (which explains why he’s shirtless—his shirt’s drying in the house), he was itching to pound the keys, so Karla took him to her little studio (our former chicken house) where she has her Technics electronic piano. It can sound like a pipe organ, a string ensemble, a xylophone, and any number of other instruments. It can also, shall we say, withstand a firm touch. Its piano mode is based on a Steinway grand, and sounds really nice, but doesn’t fool us.
Ben loves it, especially since Grandma’s real Steinway grand doesn’t have a chicken on its music stand.