Boy when I make an impulse purchase, I like to do it thoroughly. We (the family) were dropping off some old furniture at the Salvation Army the other day and we decided to go in the store to browse. I was very surprised to see that this store was filled with rather decent stuff - a far cry from what I'm used to seeing in thrift stores like the local Goodwills. While I was wandering around, my son found a piano and began to play some short passages. I looked up sort of surprised because, well, I didn't know he could play the piano! Turns out he's been hiding out in his room with a crappy Casio electronic keyboard and has actually put together some basic skills. At any rate, the piano he was playing was an upright grand from Hamilton and was in great shape. It sounded good and looked even better and it came with the bench. Now, buying a piano had NEVER entered my mind but I'm a generous sort of guy and won't ever turn down the opportunity to get some musical gear and the $299 price tag was irresistable so we got it for my son's 17th birthday. I moved it into the house and down the stairs myself and it now resides in our den. Gotta say here I LOVE IT!! Aside from a sort of comfort that having this piece of furniture in the room gives me, it's a blast to have around. I'm beginning to see more of the relationship between the fretboard and the keyboard and how this might really help my technical skills. We are now considering having Brian's uncle come in for dual piano lessons. He's a certified jazz instructor and a hell of a performer and it might be great for both of us. My son is using it in his first band venture and he's making me proud as the utility guy of the group - sax, guitar, piano/keyboards. I would recommend it to any bassist that wants to expand their world. I wish it didn't take me this long to figure it out.