It’s about time that I shared with those who have never stepped inside Sonatina Enterprises at 5 Catamount Lane in Bennington, VT and show why it’s possible to rollover and play, play in the closet or out of the closet, have fun keeping up with the rhythm and agitation of the washing machine, make monster music, cram into the Harry Potter room or enjoy the concert hall aka the living room.
Room 1 – also a sunroom that, when the house was a convent (!), was a planting room:
Room 2 – which also houses the MIDI lab:
Room 3 – where we have our Monster Piano Rehearsals and Concerts (up to 6 keyboards, at times)
Room 4 – you can play the acoustic piano or the digital keyboard if you want to be hush hush
Room 6 – (skipping room 5 because that is an office and our administrator, Andrea, simply cannot hear you on the phone if you’re practicing your etudes)
Room 7 – which doubles as the laundry room (the spin and rinse cycle might be in sync with your piece). Actually it’s now tripling as a plant nursery before the sprouts get transferred to the hoop house or garden
Room 8 – a dark room, for food storage and the boiler room. Be sure not to play the Dante Sonata or the boiler might erupt!
Room 9 – a favorite during Summer Sonatina because the piano gets moved into another room and traded for Foozball, Ping Pong and Air Hockey. Yep, a recreation room.
Room 13 – aka the “Maestro Room,” where my Dad used to blare Mahler Symphonies. I swear Dad can still hear everything that goes on in this awe-inspiring room. RIP Dad.
Room 15A – aka the Harry Potter Room because this piano lives under a stairwell. Nope, we don’t banish anyone to this room but it is the room where some kids hide when their parents come to pick them up!
Room Front Porch – I don’t recommend this room during the winter time
The living room I believe is also room 19, great sense of warmth in this room and a Steinway B paired with a Yamaha C3
Room 21 – I told you that you could rollover and play (see bed at back of piano)
Room 22 – the room that was mine as a teenager. I lived out on its screened porch as often as I could
Room 23 – the room that had a pine tree fall on it before we bought the house in 1977
Room 24 – when we first moved here, this room smelled of salami. It still, occasionally, is referred to by this name
Room 25 – getting bored yet?
Room 28 – practice in the closet (bypassed rooms 26 and 27 as those are bathrooms and we draw the line with placing a piano in them)
Room 30A – practice out of the closet if you’re less shy
Room 33 – the quieter end of the house and right next door to bathroom 32
Room 34 – had trouble taking a picture of this as my teen boys live in it and there was stuff scattered all about
And that ends your piano tour! Hope you enjoyed it.